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Brazil’s Amazon Deforestation Declines to Lowest Since 1988

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell to the lowest rate since the government started monitoring the world’s biggest rainforest in 1988, said the head of the country’s space agency.

Deforestation fell to 6,238 square kilometers (2,408 square miles) in the 12 months through July, from 7,000 square kilometers in the year-earlier period, Gilberto Camara, head of the National Institute of Space Research, also known as Inpe, told reporters in Brasilia. This year’s area is twice the size of Rhode Island.

“This figure corresponds to the lowest number that Inpe has estimated since the beginning of monitoring in 1988,” Camara said.

The “relentless combat done by the Brazilian government” was the main reason for the reduction of deforestation in the Amazon, Science and Technology Minister Aloizio Mercadante told reporters in Brasilia today.

To contact the reporters on this story: Carla Simoes in Brasilia at csimoes1@bloomberg.net Maria Luiza Rabello in Brasilia at mrabello@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net

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