• Amazon deforestation leaps 16 percent in 2015

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    BRASÍLIA: Illegal logging and clearing of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increased 16 percent in the last year, the government said, in a setback to the aim of stopping destruction of the world’s greatest forest by 2030. The area of deforestation grew to 2,251 square miles (5,830 square kilometers) between July 2014 and August 2015, the environment ministry said. The biggest increases were in the states of Amazonas, with a 54 percent rise, Rondonia with 41 percent and Mato Grosso with 40 percent, the ministry said.

    AFP

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