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By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From August 2014 until January 2015 alerts regarding deforestation in Brazil’s Amazônia region have grown by 90.5 percent in comparison to the same period in the years before. The affected area rose from 1,162.7 square kilometers to 2,215.5 km².

The National Institute for Space Studies (INPE) has collected the data from its Real Time Mapping Detection System, DETER, and released them this week on March 2nd.

DETER checks the cover of the forest and can detect areas of Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?