The claims are rosy, but Brazil’s rain forest is still disappearing

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro – NPR, 11/6/2015

Brazil isn’t lying to the world about how bad deforestation is in the Amazon. But it is, according to the very people employed by the government to protect the rainforest, “misleading” the international community.

According to the government figures, the rate of deforestation is down dramatically over the past decade. And there’s a general consensus this is true. But critics say the numbers don’t tell the whole story because so much of the Amazon has already been damaged or destroyed. And the country is still losing about 2,000 square miles of jungle each year.

The problem is Brazil’s Amazon region has a dual identity. On the one hand, it is sovereign Brazilian territory. On the other, the world claims it as something vital for all of humanity.

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