By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has increased 28 percent according to new reports released last week. Satellite data gathered and studied by several organizations showed that 5,850 km square meters (2,250 sq miles) of the Amazon were deforested between August 2012 and July 2013.

The increase would mark a reversal after four consecutive years of reported decline in deforestation of the world's largest rainforest.

"You can't argue with numbers. This is not alarmist – it's a real and measured inversion of what had been a positive . . .

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