Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon surges to 12-year high

Brazilian Amazon deforestation at highest level since 2008

Brazilian Amazon deforestation at highest level since 2008

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil jumped to a 12-year high in 2020, Reuters reported on Monday, citing government data.

Brazil's Amazon rainforest lost 11,088 square kilometers (2.7 million acres) to logging, land clearing and fires between August 2019 and July 2020, according to the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). These dates are chosen to coincide with the Amazon's dry season, when there is less cloud cover to interfere with the calculations.

The Amazon rainforest plays a vital role in the world's ecology, both as a producer of oxygen and as a probable carbon sink that absorbs large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

"The Bolsonaro government's development vision for the Amazon region takes us back to the past, with deforestation rates that have not been reached since 2008", said Cristiane Mazzetti of the environmental protection organization Greenpeace.

"While we are not here to celebrate this, it does signify that the efforts we are making are beginning to bear fruit", Vice-President Hamilton Mourao told reporters at Inpe headquarters in the Sao Paulo satellite city of Sao Jose dos Campos.

Bolsonaro has weakened the environmental enforcement agency Ibama and called for introducing more commercial farming and mining in the Amazon region, arguing it will lift the region out of poverty. Environmentalist believe that the Brazilian president's stance has encouraged illegal miners to destroy the forest.

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"The PRODES figures show that Bolsonaro's plan worked", Brazilian NGO Climate Observatory said in a statement.

Environmental Oenegés interpreted the result differently and stated that it reflects "a very successful project of annihilation of the capacity of the State and the supervisory bodies" to fight crime in the Amazon.

Mourao said the presence of the military is already having an effect, since an increase of 20% in the deforested area was estimated. He said the government must work within its now tight budget constraints. European leaders, including French President Macron, strongly criticized the Bolsonaro government for not doing enough to protect the forest.

Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he will wait "a little bit longer" to recognize a victor in the US presidential election, suggesting there was evidence of fraud in the process.

The comment drew fierce criticism from Mr Bolsonaro, who said it was a threat to Brazil's sovereignty.

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