According to figures released today, deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest has increased nearly 1,000 % from the same period the year before. This marks the first rise in over two years.
In addition to deforestation, areas of Amazon degradation have also increased at an alarming rate. IMAZON notes that 541 km² (209 mi²) were degraded in December 2010. Throughout that month in 2009, only 11 km² (4 mi²) were impacted — representing an astonishing increase of 4,818%.