Nov 18, 2019

Brazil's Amazon deforestation highest since 2008, space agency says

Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest increased by 29.5% in 12 months, the highest rate since 2008, the country's space agency reports. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has in the past questioned the accuracy of data provided by Inpe. Scientists say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since Mr Bolsonaro took office in January. Mr Bolsonaro - who in July dismissed a similar Inpe report as flawed - has not commented on the latest data. Over the past decade, previous governments in Brazil had managed to reduce deforestation with concerted action by federal agencies and a system of fines.

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