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By Mira Olson, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian government announced on August 9th that levels of deforestation of the Amazon rain forest have fallen by as much as half in the last year, compared to the 2008/2009 monitoring period.

Based on data generated by the real time deforestation detection system DETER, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that between August 2009 and June 2010, deforestation in the Amazônia Legal region fell by 49 percent to 1,810.81 square kilometers, down . . .

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