Data shows deforestation
– 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