Brazil Amazon deforestation rose 28 pct in past year

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region rose 28 percent over the past year, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said on Thursday.

"We confirm a 28-percent increase in the rate of deforestation, reaching 5,843 km2 (2256 sq mi)," Teixeira told a press conference, citing provisional statistics for August 2012 through July this year.