Brazil: 9494 square kilometers of vegetation have been destroyed in ten months in the Amazon, a record


Author: Clark Tos
2022-11-12 12:40:02

The year 2022 is not yet over that it is already that of a sad record in Brazil. Deforestation reached a staggering figure with 904 square kilometers of forests razed in October.

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« The increase in deforestation (in October) was expected, but the preliminary data for the first days of November are frightening, it is a real frantic race for devastation », notes with bewilderment the Brazilian branch of the NGO WWF.

Indeed, according to the satellite observation system, DETER, the month of October 2022 saw a 3% increase in the deforestation in the Amazon. This is more than in 2021 at the same time. It can thus be seen that the deforestation of the Amazonian forest Brazil has reached 904 square kilometers for the month of October alone, indicates a document unveiled on Friday, November 11.

Worrying figures that testify to record deforestation this year.

Deforestation has “exploded” in the Amazon since the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019

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WWF recalls that the year 2022 is the worst year for statistical records on deforestation. In just ten months, 9,494 square kilometers of vegetation have been destroyed. For comparison, in 2021, the figures had reached 9178 square kilometers, becoming the new record in this area now broken.

Still according to the NGO, deforestation and fires have “ exploded ' in Amazon since the Brazilian presidential election which saw former President Lula edge out incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.

Last September, Boris Patentreger, director of the French branch of Mighty Earth (which works to protect tropical forests and oceans), described the deplorable state of deforestation in the Amazon since Bolsonaro came to power in 2019: “Average annual deforestation there has increased by 75% since he came to power compared to the previous decade '. Between August 2020 and July 2021, 13,000 square kilometers of forest had been destroyed, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

In a statement, the NGO WWF said it wanted the new government to take initiatives to stop the destruction of the Amazon forest .

Source : 20 Minutes