Deforestation Touches Alarming Levels in Amazon Rainforest

February 24, 2011 / No Comments

Latest statistics indicate that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has increased nearly 1,000 percent from the same period last year. The report on the world’s largest rainforest is from the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON). It goes in detail and says that 175 square kilometers (68 mi²) of forest were cleared during last December. In December 2009, it had been just 16 km² (6 mi²). It accounts for a rise of 994 percent.

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The report further disclosed that areas of Amazon degradation have also increased at an alarming rate. According to it, 541 km² (209 mi²) were degraded in December 2010. But in December 2009, only 11 km² (4 mi²) were affected. This accounts for an increase of 4,818 percent.

Well, the much disappointing trend of the last year is being carried on to this year too.

Last month, 83 km² (32 mi²) of forest were cleared and 376 km² (145 mi²) degraded. This indicates an increase of 22 percent of deforestation and 637 percent of degradation as compared to last year.

The rise in the rates is mostly due to construction of new infrastructure and expansion of agricultural areas. It also confirms the concerns held forward by Institute of Space Research (INP) in Brazil. Necessary steps have been recommended to be adapted to check this, before it takes to more alarming rates.

(Via Treehugger)