Following years of decline the Brazilian government has announced the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased 28 percent between August 2012 and July 2013. Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira announced that the government is looking to reverse what she called the "crime" of deforestation. Environmental activists are blaming the rise in deforestation on a controversial reformation made to Brazil's forest protection law. According to the BBC, the statistics show that the area suffering from the most deforestation was 2,225 square miles in August 2012 compare with the 1,765 square miles it currently spans.

The Amazon rainforest is able to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide which makes it a useful tool in the fight against global warming. Last year it was reported that the Amazon was in the midst of its lowest deforestation year since monitoring of the decline began. The decline in deforestation began in 2009 and has been steady until last August. Blame for the rise in deforestation can be placed on the vast farming and soybean production coming out of the northern state of Para and the western state of Mato Grosso.

Teixeira also blamed the rise on what she called ineffective monitoring of the Amazon by federal authorities. Teixeira will be meeting with senior environmental officials in the Amazon region to try to determine what needs to be done in order to preserve the shrinking forest. "The Brazilian government does not tolerate and does not accept any rise in illegal deforestation," Teixeira said. The minister was sure to show her insistence that the Brazilian government is committed to reducing deforestation. "Our commitment is to overturn any increase in in deforestation; our goal is to eliminate deforestation."

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