Amazon Deforestation Up 1000% On Last Year!!!

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.

A newly disclosed report from the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON) reveals that 175 square kilometers (68 mi²) of forest were cleared this past December, compared with just 16 km² (6 mi²) reported last year for December 2009, a rise of 994 percent.

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%.

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