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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is still rising sharply

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Science  07 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6504, pp. 613
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6504.613

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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has risen sharply in the past year—again. Data from Brazil's Real-time Deforestation Detection System (DETER), set to be released on 7 August, will show clearings have increased by at least 28% during the current monitoring year, which runs from August through July, compared with the previous year. DETER uses low-resolution satellite images to quickly identify new forest clearings and alert authorities to possible illegal deforestation. It is the second steep hike under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made good on his campaign promise to loosen environmental law enforcement and step up development in the Amazon.

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