Amazon Cattle Footprint

February 18, 2009

Between 2000 and 2007, the Brazilian Amazon was deforested at a rate of 19,368 square km every year. In this time, 154,312 square km of forest have been destroyed, an area larger than Greece. Deforestation and land-use change makes up 75% of Brazilian greenhouse gases emissions. From this total, 59% come from the loss of forest cover and burning in the Amazon region, making Brazil the fourth biggest climate polluter worldwide.

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