Amazon Deforestation is Off to the Fastest Start to a Year Since 2008

Environmental News from Australia: 

  • According to government data published today, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is off to the fastest start for the first half of any year since 2008.
  • Deforestation alert data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE shows that 3,988 square kilometers of forest have been cleared within the Brazilian Amazon since January 1, a 17 percent rise over last year.
  • Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a 15-year high in 2021.

According to government data published today, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is off to the fastest start for the first half of any year since 2008.

Deforestation alert data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE shows that 3,988 square kilometers of forest have been cleared within the Brazilian Amazon since January 1, a 17 percent rise over last year, when deforestation ultimately reached the highest annual total since 2006. The last time deforestation in the region topped 4,000 square kilometers in the first six months of a year was in 2008.

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Source: Mongabay

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