Brazil detains alleged deforestation king of Amazon

Brazil has detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon’s single biggest deforester, the country’s environmental protection agency said. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, who was detained Saturday in the state of Para, operated a network that illegally seized federal lands, clear-cut them and sold them to cattle grazers. The agency blames the network for 20 percent of the deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon in recent years, though the statement issued Monday did not provide the estimated scale of the devastation.

via ynetnews.com

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