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Brazil underestimates deforestation

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the trend in forest clearing is going up

 

the Brazilian government has its own satellite system to estimate how much is cleared

 

researchers from Brown university compared this with estimates from 2 other measuring system

 

from 2008 to 2012 an area of almost 9,000 square km was cleared without being included in the govt estimates

 

the government system monitors primary Amazon forest but leaves out separate forest plots under 6 1/4 ha in size , dry forests and secondary forests

 

please see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/10/study-finds-brazil-isnt-counting-all-deforestation-in-official-estimates/?n3wsletter

 

in a separate Mongabay report the ongoing murder of forest defenders is noted

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Not gud for enviroment..best rainforest area in the world.. should not be like that..

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in practice it is treated as a land base for wealth accumulation timber,soy ,cattle,mining etc

 

they are very keen on having more access roads

 

the land and first people count for little

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going to the original journal article is very interesting

 

 

 

  • counting deforestation is part of the climate change response process
  • things have been calculated to avoid detection
  • under the alternative system clearing remained at 10,000 square km per year for 2009 to 2013, about double the reported govt official rate
  • the highest rate of difference between counting methods came from regions wher soy,beef and palm oil are grown
  • it looks like the producers used consultants to get around the monitoring, environmental law and forest classifications
  • the govt method is concerned with primary forest
  • results can be more accurate with an updated landsat satellite

 

soy,beef and oalm oil producers are politically influential

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