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Amazon deforestation down
Wild mushrooms grow in the dense Amazon rainforest near the northern city of Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. New studies suggest the Amazon may be approaching a tipping point, at which the drier conditions caused by deforestation will reduce rainfall enough to transform the humid tropical forest into a giant savanna. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
(BRASILIA-AFP) - Brazil said Monday that the pace of deforestation in its Amazon region fell to its lowest level since authorities began monitoring the world's largest tropical rainforest.
The head of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Gilberto Camara, said deforestation dropped to 6,238 square kilometers (2,408 square miles), between August 2010 and July this year, down 11 percent compared with the same period in 2009-20100.