By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon region declined by sixteen percent between August 2016 and July 2017, according to the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), a Brazilian government agency. Nonetheless, more than 6,624 square kilometers of forest were destroyed during the 12-month period, equivalent to four times the country’s largest city, São Paulo.

"This data is highly encouraging," said the Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho when talking about the decrease in Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here