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Amazon Deforestation Falls to Record in Brazil on Policing

The destruction of the Amazon forest in Brazil fell to its lowest level on record as improved surveillance technology and policing slowed the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

In the 12 months through July 2012, deforestation in the world’s largest rain forest totaled 4,656 square kilometers (1.2 million acres), a 27 percent fall from the previous period and the smallest area since the series began in 1988, according to data released by the Environment Ministry today.