Claim: The Brazilian Congress is about to vote on a bill that would reduce the size of the Amazon rain forest by 50%.
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I usually don’t forward emails but there is only one Brazilian rainforest.
Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the amazon forest to 50% of its size. The area to be deforested is
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Origins: There is indeed “only one Brazilian rainforest” — in the Amazon, an area twice as large as the country of France and the home to about half of all the plant and animal species in the world. The Amazon was relatively untouched until the 1970s, but since then its size has been reduced by about 14% due to logging and farming activities which continue to destroy another six to seven thousand square miles per year.
Brazil’s current Forest Code, established in 1965, requires landowners to protect a minimum of 80% of their pristine rain forest land holdings from development. A draft law recently put before the Brazilian Congress proposed that the minimum area of protection be reduced from 80% to 50% (and that the minimum be reduced from the current 50% to 20% in savannah areas as well). The proposed law was shelved by Brazil’s Congress on
Last updated: 16 December 2007
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