Brazil Deforestation Surge


A burning sector of the Amazon forest in the northern state of Para. Photograph: Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images

A burning sector of the Amazon forest in the northern state of Para. Photograph: Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil forms ‘crisis cabinet’ following unexpected deforestation surge

Government vows to ‘suffocate environmental crime‘ after 27% rise in Amazon deforestation in a year

Hundreds of environmental protection officers are being deployed in the Brazilian Amazon after government satellites detected a sudden, unexpected surge in deforestation.

On Wednesday, Brazil‘s environment minister Izabella Teixeira announced the creation of a “crisis cabinet” to crackdown on illegal logging in the world’s largest tropical rainforest, after satellites registered a 27% hike in Amazon deforestation between August 2010 and April this year compared with the previous year.

“The order is to suffocate environmental crime,” said Teixeira, following the release of images that showed at least 1,848 sq km of rainforest had been destroyed, compared with 1,455 sq km a year earlier.

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