September 14, 2010
Deforestation in Brazil Slows
According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, the rate of deforestation in Brazil has slowed significantly and the country is on track to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020.
However, destruction of the Amazon may have already passed the tipping point. 2010 saw the worst drought in the Amazon in half a century, following a year of extreme flooding in 2009. The western Amazon saw record cold which killed vast numbers of wild life.
Brazil is making sustained efforts to reduce the destruction of its environment but is plagued by government corruption and incompetence, like most other countries.
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