Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon increases by more than a fifth in one year | Environment | Today Headlines

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon increases by more than a fifth in one year | Environment

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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest climbed 22% in one year to its highest level since 2006, according to the government’s annual report, contradicting assurances from President Jair Bolsonaro that the country is curbing exploitation illegal logging.

Brazilian space research agency INPE recorded 13,235 square kilometers (5,110 square miles) of deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest in its PRODES satellite data during the official annual period of August 2020 to July 2021.

The increase comes despite Bolsonaro’s efforts to show his government takes environmental conservation seriously, while calling for more mining and commercial farming in protected parts of the Amazon.

The increase in destruction comes after the government announced its pledge to end illegal deforestation within two years until 2028, a goal that would require aggressive annual reductions in destruction.

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