Aerial view of advancing deforestation in the Amazon Basin.
Virgin Amazon rainforest is seen bordering an area of hundreds of hectares of farmland that was jungle until recently, destroyed for lumber, farming and cattle raising, in Mato Grosso State, one of the Brazilian states with the greatest deforestation, May 18, 2005. The Brazilian government announced the latest data on deforestation of the Amazon Basin, with a total of 26,130 square km (10,089 square miles) of rainforest destroyed, equivalent to more than nine football fields every minute, during the 12-month period ending in August, 2004. The total is the highest recorded during the government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in spite of his administration's announced efforts to contain the destruction. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers RR/CCK