Amazon Deforestation Shoots Up in June - Forest the Size of Los Angeles Cleared in One Month

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Though Brazil has pledged to slow Amazon deforestation, and several groups are making headlines trying to tackle the leading cause of that deforestation, cattle ranching, AFP reports new data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research that shows the area of trees chopped down in June was four times that of May:In June some 578 square kilometers, mostly in Para and Mato Grosso states, was cleared. In the 12-month period from July 2008-June 2009, a total of 4,700 square kilometers was chopped down.

To give you a reference point, that's an area the size of Los Angeles. Imagine it, in one month an area the size of the US's second largest city cleared of trees.

Currently cattle ranching is responsible for 80% of deforestation in the Amazon, with ranches now occupying an area the size of Iceland.

via: AFP/Yahoo News
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