Record Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Seen in First Half of 2022

The Amazon rainforest of Brazil saw unprecedented deforestation in the first half of 2022.

Brazil’s largest rainforest lost 3,750 square kilometers (1,448 square miles) between January 1 and June 24, according to statistics from the country’s Space Research Institute (INPE) published on CNN, the largest area since the institute started keeping track of this in 2016.

Since the beginning of the year, INPE satellites have been recording new monthly deforestation records; last month, they also recorded a record of 2,562 fires in the nation’s Amazon.

Due to the dry season, May and June typically signal the start of the Amazon’s massive yearly fire and deforestation.

The most fires INPE has recorded in a single month since 2004 were 2,287 in May.


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