Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest Jumps to 12-Year High

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest surged to a 12-year high in the year between August 2019 and July 2020, representing a significant hit to the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been accused by environmental organizations of refusing to take the proper measures to reduce deforestation in the so-called “world’s lungs.”

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest surged to a 12-year high in the year between August 2019 and July 2020, representing a significant hit to the government of President Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro has been repeatedly accused by environmental organizations of refusing to take the proper measures to reduce deforestation in the so-called “world’s lungs.”

According to a Wednesday morning report by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research INPE, 6,890 square miles were destroyed over that time, representing up 9.5 percent from the previous year-long period, and the highest level of destruction since the year 2008.

In August, President Bolsonaro called official data and news reports about fires in the Amazon “a lie.” 

The conservative leader has faced pressure to take action to preserve the Amazon. Last year, a group of 34 international investors threatened to divest from Brazilian companies unless steps were taken to curb the destruction and put out fires raging in the region.


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