Amazon river photo by CIFOR on Flickr-CC

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.

Using satellite imagery during the twelve months ending last July, the institute said 2,478 sq miles of Amazon forest had been cut (6,418 sq km)  – the smallest area since annual measurements started in 1988

The data continues an encouraging trend. Since the peak deforestation year of 2004, the rates of clearance have fallen by almost 75%.

(READ the full story in the Guardian)

Photo by CIFOR on Flickr – CC

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