• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Brazil | Illegal mining suspected as cause of new clearing detected in Tapajós Environmental PA

An expansive clearing of primary forest has been detected in a protected area in the Brazilian Amazon, possibly driven by illegal mining activities.

In March, the Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) lab at the University of Maryland detected an area of newly cleared forest in the Tapajós Environmental Protection Area, west of the town of Novo Progresso in the state of Pará. Satellite imagery from Planet Labs confirms that the deforestation, which covers around 1,250 hectares (3,090 acres), or an area the size of a large international airport, occurred between January and February of this year.

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