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Brazil Says Rate of Deforestation in Amazon Continues to Plunge

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Science  10 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5997, pp. 1270-1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5997.1270-b

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Large-scale deforestation in the Amazon has declined by 47.5% over the past 12 months, according to a preliminary survey by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment using a low-resolution satellite. The figure is one of the largest declines since measurements began 20 years ago. If confirmed by a second set of satellite measurements due out later this year, it would mean more than an 80% drop in forest loss since a 2004 peak.