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        Brazil Faces Environmental Challenges in Amazon Ahead of Rio+20 Earth Summit | Human Impact on the Physical Environment | Geography

        PARA STATE, BRAZIL - JUNE 09: Drivers pass through deforested land along federal highway BR-222 on June 9, 2012 in Para state, Brazil. Highway construction through Amazonian rainforest has led to accelerated rates of deforestation. Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80 percent since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the Forest Code will lead to further destruction. Around 20 percent of the rainforest has already been destroyed.

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