The Brazilian government tops the list of the 100 largest illegal loggers in the Amazon rain forest and will face criminal charges, the Environment Ministry said on Sept. 29. The six largest deforested areas since 2005 all belong to the government Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform, or Incra, which distributes land to the poor. Together 223,000 hectares of the world’s largest rain forest were destroyed on those six properties, as settlers chopped down trees to sell and plant crops. Releasing the list of illegal loggers, Environment Minister Carlos Minc said he will bring criminal charges against all of them. (Reuters)

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