Rodungen in Brasiliens Amazonas Regenwalt auf höchstem Stand in 12 Jahren
December 2, 2020 -
Rodungen in Brasiliens Amazonas Regenwald haben den höchsten Stand seit 2008 erreicht, berichtet die Weltraumagentur des Landes (INPE), die Zerstörung hat seit Amtsantritt 2019 des rechtsradikalen Präsidenten Jair Bolsonaro rasant zugenommen.
The world’s largest tropical rainforest lost 11,088 square km from August 2019 to July 2020, an increase of 9.5 percent from the previous 12-month period.
The Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. Scientists say it has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since Jair Bolsonaro took office and weakened environmental protections, according to the BBC.
The rainforest is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.
The latest data marked a major increase from the 7,536 square km announced by INPE in 2018 – the year before Mr Bolsonaro took office.
The new figures are preliminary, with the official statistics set to be released early next year, the BBC said.