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Deforestation rises in the Amazon

For the third month in a row, Brazil’s early-warning system for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon has found higher-than-usual levels of cleared forest area. The LANDSAT satellite data, from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research or INPE, shows a total clearing of 267.9 square kilometers in May. The same month last year showed a clearing of 109.6 square kilometers, which means a 144% increase.

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