In June, 1062 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest was deforested in Brazil. This is the highest number for June since measurements began in 2015.
June was the fourth consecutive month with high deforestation figures, according to the Rainforest Fund.
Brazilian research firm presents INPE deforestation figures, which were introduced in 2015 using the surveillance tool Deter.
– June figures dramatic for Amazon. Doris Zucker, general secretary of the Rainforest Fund, says deforestation in the first six months of this year was 17 percent higher than the same period last year.
By 2020, 10,800 square kilometers of rainforest will be cut down in Brazil. This was the highest number in 12 years. This year’s June figures indicate that this year’s figures will be higher than this.
– We can’t break deforestation records every month, every year. Jagger says all efforts should be made to stop this trend before it is too late now.
The Amazon accounts for more than half of the world’s tropical rainforests and is one of the most efficient plant forms in capturing CO2.
Since Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro came to power in 2019, deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil has increased sharply. Bolsanaro made it clear that he would focus on agriculture and other commercial activities in the rainforest, not environmental protection.