The Area Deforested in The Amazon Jungle, Six Times Higher Than Last Year!

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jungle have increased almost six-fold, suggests new data.

Satellite images show that deforestation has increased from 103 square miles in March and April 2010, up to 593 sq. km in the same period of 2011, much of which took place in Mato Grosso, the Brazilian state where most are grown soybeans.

The area deforested in the Amazon jungle, 6 times higher than last year!

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jungle have increased almost six-fold, suggests new data.

Satellite images show that deforestation has increased from 103 square miles in March and April 2010, up to 593 sq. km in the same period of 2011, much of which took place in Mato Grosso, the Brazilian state where most are grown soybeans.

News appear shortly before the vote a new forest protection laws.

Brazilain Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, says the figures are alarming and in response has announced the creation of a Cabinet crisis, in order to reduce deforestation by July.

Analysts say the figures have taken authorities by surprise, while in December last year, a government report announced that deforestation in this area has reached its lowest level in 22 years.

Some environmentalists argue that because of increasing demand for soy and cattle farmers were encouraged to grub to get more space for cultivation and animal husbandry. Others, however, believes that there is a link between excessive deforestation and debate on a new law more lenient on forest protection. ”There are 300-400 lawmakers here in Brasilia, who say defrişatul could not be punished by law,” said Marcio Astrini of Greenpeace.

Chamber of Deputies has postponed the vote on the Forest Code, but could take the issue again next week into account.

Forest Code, adopted in 1934 and subsequently amended in 1965, determines how much he can lift a farmer. At present it is necessary that 80% of the land remains forested Amazon.

Proponents of change say the current law hinders economic development and argue that Brazil should prepare more land for agriculture. However, oponanţii fear that in their present form some of the proposed changes would give farmers a form of amnesty for deforested land.

Changes have been raised by Aldo Rebelo, leader of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) and supported in Congress by a group known as “ruralists who want to develop Brazilian agribusiness sector.

Source: BBC News

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