A new record for clearing the Amazon rainforest has been set

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The deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil jumped to record levels during the month of April, with almost double the amount of forest removed compared to April last year, which alarmed environmental activists.

In the first 29 days of April, deforestation in the region covered 1,012.5 square kilometers, according to the national space agency Inpe, it was announced on Friday, May 6. The agency collects monthly data from 2015-16, Radio Free Europe reports. Data from April are already the third record this year, after the increase in deforestation was noticed in January and February.

The destruction of the Brazilian Amazon in the first four months of this year means an increase of 69 percent compared to the same period last year. There is talk of an area that is twice the size of the city of New York.

Deforestation in the Amazon has risen since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019 and weakened environmental protection. Bolsonaro argues that more agriculture and mining in the Amazon will reduce poverty in the region.

“The cause of this is the name and surname: Jair Mesias Bolsonaro,” said Marsio Astrini, of the Brazilian group Climate Observatory.

Bolsonar’s cabinet sent questions to the ministries of ecology and justice. The ministries stated in a joint statement that the government is making great efforts in the fight against environmental crime, and that the police and environmental protection bodies are cooperating in the operation to combat deforestation in five Amazon countries.

Although deforestation is already on the rise, the Climate Observatory said its analysts were stunned by such high results from April when it is the rainy season and it is harder to access the muddy forest.

Preserving the Amazon is key to stopping catastrophic climate change due to the huge amount of carbon dioxide that warms the planet’s climate.

Source: RTCG

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