[ 2004-12-02 10:12 ]
area of Amazon jungle larger than the U.S. state of New Jersey has been
destroyed this year and work on a new highway is mainly to blame,
environmental group Friends of the Earth and the government said
The preliminary figures, based on satellite images, alarmed
environmentalists because they suggest that Amazon destruction has
surpassed its second-highest level reached in 2002-2003.
The data is based on a satellite system which has been monitoring
Amazon deforestation on a test basis. The government's yearly figures,
released in March, are based on data from a different satellite system.
The images indicated that from 8,920 square miles to 9,420 square
miles, or an area bigger than New Jersey, was cut down this year, said
Joao Paulo Capobianco, the government's secretary of biodiversity and