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- Deforestation in the Amazon decreased by 34 percent during the first half of the year.
- Despite the rainforest's dry season, deforestation decreased by 60 percent in July.
- The satellite system DETER measures deforestation and shows the value of space technology for environmental monitoring.
A turnaround in the Amazon
During the first six months of the year, deforestation in the Amazon decreased by 34 percent, compared to the same period last year, writes The Guardian.
The rainforest is now in its dry season, which increases the risk of forest fires and usually increases deforestation. But in July, deforestation decreased by 60 percent.
The decrease comes from a high level. Last year, deforestation reached its highest level in 15 years.
Space technology solves problems on Earth
This is according to data from the satellite system DETER, managed by the Brazilian space agency. DETER (Real-Time Deforestation Detection System) was created in 2004 to provide early warnings about changes in the Amazon's original vegetation.
The system assists authorities in their efforts to monitor deforestation.
DETER is yet another example of how we can use space technology to address problems on Earth.