South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:13 AM CDT

Brazil government has announced deforestation of the Amazon rose 29% in the 12 months to July 2013.

While the jump is small compared with the fivefold decline in clearance since 2004, it comes at a delicate time for the soy industry, which recently said it will lift its moratorium on buying beans from the Amazon in 2015

Satellite data showed some 5,891 square kilometers (2,274 square miles) were cut from the world's largest rainforest in the year through July 2013, which is obviously of concern given its crucial role in limiting greenhouse gas emissions and preserving biodiversity.

The bulk of ...

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