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Government intervention reducing Amazon deforestation

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Annual destruction of the Amazon rain forest fell to its lowest recorded level this year, according to Brazilian authorities who have hailed an enforcement crackdown for the drop.

The destruction between August 2010 and July 2011 was about 2,410 square miles (6,240 square kilometers), according to the National Institute for Space Research. The institute has tracked Amazon destruction since 1988 by analysing satellite images. The destruction peaked in 1995, when 11,220 square miles (29,060 square kilometers) were destroyed.

Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the government’s fast action to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions led to the drop. “We’ll continue with determination to reduce the illegal deforestation in the Amazon,” she said. Brazil’s government has stepped up enforcement of environmental laws in recent years, mostly by sending armed environmental agents into the jungle to carrying out large raids on deforestation hotspots.

Source: Washington Post