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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  Deforestation in "Legal Amazonia" has increased fifteen percent in the last twelve months, when compared to the previous period, writes G1 news site in its latest report.

The data is from the Deforestation Alert System (SAD) of the Amazonian Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon), which is not linked to the government. Calculated from August 2018 to July 2019, the deforested area totaled 5,054 km².

The Legal Amazonia area, defined by statute, covers all of six states: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, and Roraima, and part of the states of Maranhão, Mato . . .

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