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Officials: Amazon deforestation is speeding up
rio de janeiro, brazil (ap) -- the amazon is being deforestroyed more than three times as fast as last year, brazilian officials said monday, acknowledging a sharp reserversal after three years of declines in the deforestation rate .
amazon forest destruction speeding up, officials say brazil officials say 292 square miles) of amazon forest was destroyed in august that's more than three times the area destroyed in august 2007 deforestation rate had been slowing down in previous three years var clickexpire = 10/29/2008 ; .
brazil's environment minister carlos minc said upcoming nationwide elections are partly to blame, with mayors in the amazon region turning a blind eye to illegal logging in hopes) of gaining votes locally .