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Brazil rainforest deforestation 2011 5 27

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Deforestation in the Amazon has increased by almost 500 percent.
Brazil's approved a controversial law that eases rules on how much land farmers must preserve as forest.
The Brazilian armed forces have started an operation in a large area of the Amazon to tackle drug trafficking, illegal logging and mining.
President Dilma Rousseff on Friday vetoed parts of the country's controversial Forest Code, which regulates how much land farmers must preserve as forest.
Brazil's JBS said on Wednesday it will sue Greenpeace for claiming the company has aided in the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
Brazil's Forestry Ministry said the census would take four years to complete; the last major survey was over 30 years ago.
Brazil rainforest deforestation 2011 5 27

A photo released by Brazil's environment ministry shows a deforested area in the rain forest in the southern Para state.

Jefferson Ruddy