9.08 Amazon deforestation 3 times as fast as 2007


reported by Brazilian officials, "a sharp reversal after three years of declining losses. The change is attributed to higher global food prices, which encourage farmers to clear land for soybeans and cattle ranches, as well as recent elections that have led local officials to turn a blind eye to illegal logging."

Updates, World Watch, January-February, 2009, 5/

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