Deforestation of the Amazon is Slowing

An area of Brazilian rain forest larger than the US State Rhode Island was cleared from July, 2011, to July, 2012 according to data provided by the Brazilian government.

A total of 1797 square miles (4,656 sq km) were cleared in that time; an area equal to 22% of Honduras’ land mass, and nearly twice the size of Luxembourg.

Those numbers represent a 27% decrease from the same time period the previous year according to the same data.

Most of the Amazon rainforest (60%) is contained within Brazil, with 13% found in Peru, 10% in Colombia, and smaller portions in Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.

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