Some disturbing news on the Amazon rainforest:

The Amazon is being deforested more than three times as fast as last year, Brazilian officials said Monday, acknowledging a sharp reversal after three years of declines in the deforestation rate. […]

Amazon destruction jumped 228 percent in August when compared to the same month a year ago, according to a report from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Some 756 square kilometers (292 square miles) of Amazon was destroyed last month, compared to 230 square kilometers (89 square miles) in August 2007.

The environment, including global warming and a responsible energy plan, is a much bigger issue than we’re pretending it’s not.

(Nod: Matthew Yglesias)