Lula pledges big cuts in Amazon deforestation -- after he leaves office
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
December 12, 2008
The proposed targets (thanks to Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council - NRDC):
- 2006-2009 11,400 sq. km per year (2006 through 2008 have so far averaged 12,500, suggesting that 2009 will be an ambitious year for reductions)
- 2010-2013, 7,980 sq. km per year
- 2014-2017, 5,586 sq. km per year
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WWF criticizes Brazil's plan to cut Amazon deforestation
(12/04/2008) WWF criticized Brazil's plan to reduce Amazon deforestation to 5,740 square kilometers per year as being "short on ambition and detail". In a statement issued Wednesday, WWF said that Brazil's proposed fund for conserving the Amazon would still result in the annual loss of an area forest the size of Rhode Island.
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Amazon deforestation rises slightly to 4,600 square miles in 2008
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