Amazon deforestation accelerates, 55% increase from January to April

While global attention is focused on corona viruses, deforestation of Amazon rainforest is accelerating this year with record-breaking or even more serious record-breaking deforestation last year.

According to data released by the National Institute for Space Studies (INPE) in Brazil, which is tracking the deforestation using satellite images, the total deforestation area of Amazon from January to April of this year is 1202 square kilometers. It increased by 55% year-on-year, marking the highest ever since the monthly survey started in August 2015. 1202 square kilometers is more than 20 times the area of New York City Manhattan.

There is a question about the effort to protect the Amazon under Jair Bolsonaro administration in Brazil. Bolsonaro is skeptical of climate change and advocates agricultural and mining development in the Amazon.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s