Amazon Deforestation Levels Highest in 15 Years

Official figures suggest that deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has reached its greatest level in over 15 years.

According to a survey by Brazil’s space research organization (Inpe), deforestation grew by 22% in a year.

Brazil was one of several countries that pledged to cease and reverse deforestation by 2030 during the COP26 climate summit.

The Amazon is home to around three million plant and animal species, as well as one million indigenous people while it is an important carbon storage that slows the rate of global warming.

According to the most recent data, 13,235 square kilometers (5110 square miles) were lost during the 2020-21 period, the most since 2006.

Environment Minister Joaquim Leite described the statistics as a “problem,” adding, “We need to be more strong in dealing with these offenses.”

In the past, Leite has argued with Inpe over deforestation, accusing the agency in 2019 of damaging Brazil’s reputation.

However, during the November climate summit in Glasgow, Brazil was among a number of countries that signed a key agreement to cease and reverse the practice.

The offer comprised over £14 billion ($19.2 billion) in public and private cash. Some of it will be used to rehabilitate damaged land, fight wildfires, and help indigenous populations in developing nations.

There have already been discovered close linkages between Amazon deforestation and worldwide supply lines.

A Greenpeace research last year uncovered linkages between the region’s widespread deforestation and food sold in British stores and restaurants.

According to the study, Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Nando’s, and McDonald’s were selling beef supplied from a UK supplier that had been fed soy produced on farms constructed in deforested regions.

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