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    Posted January 27, 2009 by
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    Amazon still needs help!

    The Amazon, which was a forest land, which housed several species of animals, birds and Indians, has turned into an area devoted to agriculture, grain production and urban center. It is estimated that if no measure is taken in 40 years, the Amazon is completely deforested. The forest mitigate global warming, retaining and absorbing carbon dioxide, clean the air, brings movements of water, among other benefits that are being inhibited by unscrupulous people. It is necessary that strict and stringent measures are taken for the good of human life, that need the Amazon to lessen the damage done by man. From August 2007 to July 2008, Brazil deforesting 11,968 km2 of forests in the Amazon. This is the information in annual deforestation released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The number represents an increase of 3.8% compared to the deforestation occurred in the previous year, indicating a decline in the trend of reductions in the rate. It is an indication that it is necessary to revise and expand efforts to contain deforestation, making them more systemic, integrated and strategic. In the months of November and December 2008 were recorded, respectively, 61 and 50 square kilometers of deforestation in the Amazon, according to Transparency Bulletin Forestry conducted by the Institute of Man and Environment in Amazonia (Imazon). The figures show a drop of 27% compared to December of the previous year. According to Imazon, the rate of deforestation may be underestimated in the two months since the cover of clouds in the region was 68% in November and 73% in December. Moreover, the share of State Maranhão, which makes the Amazon, has not been examined. According to researchers these numbers do not show the reality as seen by satellites and this drop not happened in deforestation of the Amazon. The government doesn't take the opportunity to develop consistent environmental policies in recent years, when the deforestation was a downward trend. We have lived with a chronic imbalance between the different areas of government. On one hand, insufficient budgets for environmental policies. Otherwise, high funding for agricultural projects and infrastructure that do not meet the standards of social sustainability. The episode of Planet in Peril in the Amazon, was significant, but it is little, only one program. We must insist on the matter and not let him forget. A apart: Even before the activist Dorothy Stang, Brazil has had environmental concerns. The history and life of Chico Mendes are proof. Chico Mendes was rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist Brazil. His intense struggle for the preservation of the Amazon became known internationally and was the cause of his assassination in 1988. I suggest that the matter be taken up. Best regards, Isabel Abreu Siaba, RJ, Brazil bel@pobox.com
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