According to data from the Brazilian Space Agency, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil would have increased by 88.4% in June compared to June 2018. More than 900 km2 of tropical forest would have disappeared within a month.
After having declined for several years, there has been a re-increase in forest cover deforested since 2013 in the Brazilian Amazon. President Dilma Rousseff was then in power. Dismissed in 2016, his former Vice President Michel Temer then took power, and began to legislate in favor of the agri-food sector. Back to square one. Environmental advocates feared that the situation would worsen even more with the inauguration of new President Jair Bolsonaro last January. And unfortunately, they were not wrong.
We learn that deforestation in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil increased by more than 88% in June compared to the same month last year. According to data from the Brazilian Space Agency, nearly 920 km2 of land would have been cleared in just 30 days. In the first 11 months, deforestation is estimated to have totaled 4,565 km², an increase of 15% over the same period of the previous year.
The rainy season has just ended in the region. Assuming that deforestation efforts generally take place during the driest months of the year, some fear that the pace will accelerate further.
A study published in February 2018 in the journal Science Advances had already revealed that 17% of the Amazon rainforest had disappeared in the last 50 years. And that according to some experts, past the 20%, the Amazonian forest could reach the point of no return.
It should be noted that the main reason for this relentlessness is the need, in the eyes of the government, to release new pastures for livestock. The cultivation of soy – which feeds animals – indeed takes a lot of space. Not to mention the thousands of illegal mines that, in addition to deforesting the forest, threaten the surrounding tribes who collect water from rivers and wells now polluted with mercury.
Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon, which is the main lung of the planet. An essential ally in the face of global warming as these millions of trees absorb a phenomenal amount of carbon dioxide every year. Tons of CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
Incidentally, the forest is also home to the richest biodiversity on the planet (one tenth of all species of plants and animals). Not to mention the thousands of Aboriginal people who depend on it.