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From January to October, Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest reached the worst level in 10 years

The Amazon rainforest is the largest and most biodiverse tropical forest in the world. The region has been home to indigenous peoples for centuries, but it now faces an uncertain future due to deforestation.

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is a major environmental issue that affects both the Earth’s ecosystems and its people. The rainforest has been under threat for decades, with over 20% of it already lost to logging, farming, mining, cattle ranching, and other human activities. This destruction threatens biodiversity as well as indigenous cultures. 

 

Worst rate of deforestation in 10 years

According to imazon , an independent Brazilian research institute, from January to October, amazon had the worst rate of deforestation in 10 years.  the region lost a forest area larger than 4 thousand soccer fields a day in September. In the entire month, 1,224 km² were devastated, an area equivalent to the city of Rio de Janeiro. 

“The increase of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon does not favor Brazil’s image at COP-26. It is necessary that the country urgently takes significant measures to fight against deforestation, and hence reduce the greenhouse gas emissions”, says Larissa Amorim, Imazon’s researcher.

“Besides, an Imazon study pointed out that almost 30% of the Brazilian Amazon consist of public land that has no use defined by law. In other words, to reduce deforestation, it is also necessary to make them protected areas, such as indigenous lands, conservation units and quilombola territories”, adds Amorim.    

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro has recently come under fire for allowing deforestation to increase in the Amazon. Deforestation reached a 10-year high, with 1 million acres disappearing every month since he took the office.

 

 

Sources: 
Imazon
CNN
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