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The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rain forest, increased by 16% in 2015 as the government struggled to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings in a region the size of Western Europe. The government considers illegal logging the main factor behind the deforestation of the Amazon region, with about 5,000 square km of rain forest destroyed every year. Illegal logging relies on corruption and could not occur without some form of consent from government officials responsible for protecting forests, according to a report by the United Nations and Interpol. The report estimates 15-30% of wood traded globally has been obtained illegally. Deforestation makes up to around 17% of the world's heat-trapping gases, more than the entire transport sector. Besides being a giant carbon sink, the Amazon is a biodiversity sanctuary, holding myriad species yet to be studied. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)
The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rain forest, increased by 16% in 2015 as the government struggled to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings in a region the size of Western Europe. The government considers illegal logging the main factor behind the deforestation of the Amazon region, with about 5,000 square km of rain forest destroyed every year. Illegal logging relies on corruption and could not occur without some form of consent from government officials responsible for protecting forests, according to a report by the United Nations and Interpol. The report estimates 15-30% of wood traded globally has been obtained illegally. Deforestation makes up to around 17% of the world's heat-trapping gases, more than the entire transport sector. Besides being a giant carbon sink, the Amazon is a biodiversity sanctuary, holding myriad species yet to be studied. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)
   

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