Brazil appears to be suffering from an increase in deforestation after decades of decline, according to data compiled by researchers. Imazon, a research institute that tracks deforestation by satellite imagery, said that destruction in the Amazon increased for the fourth consecutive month in December as farmers, loggers, miners, and builders moved into previously untouched woodland. If the increase continues, it will confirm scientists' fears that government-backed infrastructure projects are helping to destroy the region. However, government officials note the long-term trend of progress against deforestation. "It's too early to sound an alarm," said Francisco Oliveira, the director of policies against deforestation at Brazil's environment ministry. For the full story, see