In a positive development for Brazil's environmental policy, deforestation in the Amazon saw a significant decrease of 66.11% in August, reaching its lowest level for that month since 2018. Environment Minister Marina Silva announced the news, which comes at a time when deforestation rates usually spike. The data, provided by Brazil's space research agency INPE, revealed that 563 square km (approximately 217.38 square miles) of rainforest were cleared in August, marking a 66.1% reduction compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, INPE's data showed that deforestation has fallen by a cumulative 48% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2022.
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