Amazon Deforestation and Ag - 1
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Tue Dec 16, 2014 08:43 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- It's a game of high-tech cat and mouse with the integrity of the Amazon rainforest at stake.

On one side are Brazil's environmental agents, who are set to jump into their helicopters and swoop as soon as their real-time satellite surveillance system identifies deforestation.

On the other are the timber gangs, who use U.S. Navy UHF frequencies to warn cutters of the impending arrival of government teams to shut them down.

"It's a tough battle, but one we are winning," declared Luciano Evaristo, director at Ibama, the Brazilian environmental agency.

A month ago, Evaristo's comment ...

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