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Brazil: Deforestation Rate in Amazon has Reached Highest in Decades

  • According to a Brazilian government data, the deforestation rate in Amazon has risen to a great extent in 11 years. As per The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in the past 12 months, about 9,762 square kilometers which is 3,769 square miles of rainforest were lost. The increase in rate of deforestation is happening under the leadership of the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected in October 2018. Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for doing little to save Amazon including rejecting $20 million in foreign aid for the same. The data has been generated by the Satellite Legal Amazon Deforestation Monitoring Project (PRODES).

    Map Depicting Location of Amazon Rainforest

    Tagged as: Amazon Rainforest, Brazil