Data shows de­for­esta­tion

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Brasília

– Brazil on Thurs­day re­leased re­vised sta­tis­tics show­ing de­for­esta­tion in the Ama­zon rain­for­est sur­passed 10 000km2 in the year to July 2019, the high­est in more than a decade.

The Na­tional In­sti­tute for Space Re­search (INPE) said last week that satel­lite data showed 9 762km2 were cleared of trees in the 12-month pe­riod, an in­crease of 29.5%.

This week’s re­vised sta­tis­tics re­leased by the INPE show the in­crease was even greater than thought: a 43% jump in de­for­esta­tion in the world’s largest rain­for­est, for a total loss of 10 100km2 in the 12 months to July.

That’s against a loss of 7 033km2 be­tween Au­gust 2017 and July 2018. The de­for­esta­tion is the largest since 2008, when 12 287km2 of the Ama­zon were logged in a 12-month pe­riod.

Pre­vi­ous data showed clear­ing in the Ama­zon nearly dou­bled in the first eight months of this year, com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2018, to 6,404km2. – AFP

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