Amazon deforestation report is major setback for Brazil ahead of climate talks

“Satellite data revealed that 5,831 square kilometers of land was cut down or burned in the Brazilian Amazon in year to 1 August: a 16% increase on the destruction of the previous 12 months.

“This is the second acceleration in three years, following almost a decade of impressive declines. That suggests the state’s efforts – which include high-tech monitoring, stiffer financial penalties and boots on the ground – are having a diminishing impact.”  www.theguardian.com

GR:  Demand for the crops and beef raised on cleared land is continuing to grow.  The developed world including the U. S. is responsible.  Everyone having a steak tonight is responsible.

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