Amazonian deforestation decreasing – policing works

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Just came across a note that deforestation is down 46% this year in the amazon rainforest, great news. It seems this is largely due to more intense policing and prosecution of timber companies and individuals. At the end of the day, sad as it might be, the government must crack down on polluters to have a large impact. From Dow Jones:

DJ Brazil Says Amazon Deforestation Drops Dramatically [JVSMTWT]

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)–Deforestion of the Amazon has fallen to the lowest level since satellite monitoring began five years ago, the Brazilian government said late Tuesday. Forest clearance fell by 46% in the 12 months up to July, which the Environment Ministry claimed was due to more intense policing of the region.
According to Environment Minister Carlos Minc, if deforestion proceeds at current levels for the rest of the year, an area of 8,500 to 9,000 square kilometers will be deforested, which while still an enormous amount would be the lowest figure since 1991.

Over the past 12 months. the IBAMA environmental agency and federal police jailed 298 people and levied fines totaling 1 billion Brazilian reals ($523 million) in relation to deforestation of the region.

-By Alastair Stewart and Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires;
5511-2847-4520; alastair.stewart@dowjones.com