From August 2014 to June 2015 were registered 943 square kilometers of deforestation, up 149% compared to the same period last year (August 2013 to June 2014), when 378 square kilometers of forest were cut down.
Draft bill authorizes cane cultivation in regions not previously allowed. Specialists and NGOs warn of future problems, despite the project limited to areas already deforested and 20% of rural properties.
Proposal of Senator Flexa Ribeiro aims to encourage the production of biofuels. Bill goes to the House of Representatives.