National Institue for Space Research

Joel Lyons jrlyons at
Fri Jun 22 23:53:44 EDT 2001

According to a report by this agency Brazil
lost enough rainforest in 2000 to cover almost
the entire state of New Jersey.

The agency, which uses satellite images to track
deforestation, reported a 15 percent increase in
forest destruction last year, the largest since
1995.  This comes after the Brazilian government
announced last fall a $435 million initiative to
protect the jungle, and as farmer's groups continue
to lobby for relaxed restrictions.


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