RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Deforestation set a record in June, despite an operation led by the military. Officials from the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), say under anonymity that the command is making incorrect use of the National Institute for Space Research's (INPE) unprecedented tool. Defense refutes.
The military task force, called Operation Verde Brasil 2, began in May. Under the leadership of Brazil's Vice-president, reserve general Hamilton Mourão, 3,815 military officers, 110 land vehicles, 20 boats and 12 aircraft were deployed in the Amazon. With the goal of preventing . . .