By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Environment Minister Ricardo Salles plans to hire a private company to better monitor the Amazon. However, a report in the newspaper "Folha de São Paulo" disclosed that current monitoring by public bodies is not being fully carried out.

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system, as experts pointed to activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under President Bolsonaro.

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