Brazil sets new six-month record for Amazon deforestation

Environmentalists accuse Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of failing to protect the Amazon from deforestation

Environmentalists accuse Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of failing to protect the Amazon from deforestation.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record level in the first half of 2022, the national space agency INPE said on Friday.

The world’s largest rainforest has lost 3,750 square kilometers (1,450 square miles) of jungle since the start of the year, the worst numbers for that period since records began in 2016.

The previous worst figure of 3,605 square kilometers was set last year.

The new figure doesn’t even include the last six days of June.

This year was the worst June in 15 years Forest fires.

Monthly records were also broken in January and February, when deforestation is usually lower, and in April.

INPE satellites identified more than 2,500 fires in the Amazon last month, the most since the more than 3,500 recorded in June 2007 and an 11% increase from June 2021.

More than 7,500 fires have been recorded since the start of the year, another 17 percent increase from 2021 and the worst numbers since 2010.

“The dry season has barely begun in the Amazon and we are already breaking records for environmental destruction,” said Cristiane Mazzetti of Greenpeace Brazil.

Environmentalists and opposition figures accuse President Jair Bolsonaro’s government of implementing policies that encourage big business to damage the environment.

“The impact of this negligence will be the increasing loss of resilience of this environment, not to mention the damage done to local communities and health,” said Mariana Napolitano of Brazil’s World Wildlife Fund.

Bolsonaro promotes mining and farming in protected areas.

Critics also accuse him of supporting impunity for prospectors, farmers and timber traffickers involved in illegal deforestation.

Last year, the country’s main environmental agency spent just 41 percent of its budget on monitoring, according to the non-governmental organization Climate Observatory.


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