Amazon deforestation at highest rate in more than 10 years

by Daniel Payne · Nov 19th, 2019 10:30 am

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 4:35 pm

The rate at which the Amazon rainforest is being deforested is hitting a decade-long peak, with the dense jungle being cut down more quickly than at any time in the last 11 years.

Nearly 3,800 square miles of rainforest were lost in the period July 2018 to July 2019, a 29.5 percent increase from the year before and the highest it’s been since 2008.

The number of fires in the forest, detected by satellite imagery, is also the highest it’s been since that year.

The Brazilian environmental minister claimed that illegal mining, cattle farming, and increasing demand for agricultural land were fueling the logging.


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