Brazil environment agency launches operation to combat Amazon deforestation

FILE PHOTO: Piles of wood are seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s environmental protection agency IBAMA on Wednesday launched its biggest-ever operation to tackle illegal logging that is accelerating Amazon deforestation amid a surge in tree-felling since President Jair Bolsonaro took office. The environment ministry, which oversees IBAMA, said the agency has sent 165 agents to the states of Acre, Amazonas, […]

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