A desflorestsção na floresta amazónica brasileira atinge máximo de 12 anos
December 2, 2020 - A desflorestação na Amazónia do Brasil atingiu o nível mais elevado desde 2008, segundo a agência espacial do país (INPE), tendo a destruição disparado desde que o presidente Jair Bolsonaro tomou posse em 2019.
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.