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Destruction of Brazil's Amazon Forest Jumps 16 Percent in 2015

The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rainforest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggled to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July, released Thursday, showed that 5,831 square kilometers (2,251 square miles) of forests were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon, an area half the size of Puerto Rico. The data released by the environment ministry...

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