Amazon Deforestation at the highest level in 15 years

Deforestation of the Amazon forest has increased by around 22 percent in a year to the highest deforestation level in 15 years. This is evident from a report by a Brazilian space research firm based on satellite images. An area of 13,235 square kilometers has been cut down, a third of the area of the Netherlands.

For the third year in a row, deforestation is increasing. Under President Bolsonaro, deforestation has accelerated by encouraging agricultural and mining activities in the rainforest.

‘Strenger gig’

Recently, at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Brazil promised to end illegal deforestation by 2030. But recent figures from the government, which were only released after the climate summit, show that the large-scale logging continues for the time being.

โ€œWe are facing a challenge,โ€ says the Brazilian Minister of the Environment in response to the figures. โ€œWe need to do more to combat deforestation and act more rigorously against environmental offenses.โ€

The Amazon forest is the largest rainforest in the world with about three million species of plants and animals. Most of that is within the Brazilian borders. With the disappearance of the trees, the ability of tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere also decreases. As a result, the warming of the climate accelerates.