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Brazil: Amazon destruction at lowest level

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's government says annual destruction of the Amazon rain forest has fallen to its lowest recorded level.

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research tracks destruction of the Amazon by analyzing satellite data. They say about 2,410 square miles (6,240 square kilometers) of the Amazon were destroyed between August 2010 through July 2011.

That's the lowest annual amount destroyed since 1988, when tracking began. And it's down 11 percent from last year. The destruction peaked in 1995, when 11,220 square miles (29,060 square kilometers) were destroyed.

Some warn the drop is less a result of the government's stepped-up efforts to stop deforestation than by the global economic downturn, which has lessened demand for products that lead to the destruction.

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