May 8, 2020

Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose sharply last month as the country prepared to send troops to try to curb illegal logging and mining. Brazil's National Institute of Space Research said that more than 405 sq km of the Amazon had been deforested last month compared with 248 sq km in April last year. Environmental enforcement agency Ibama said it was scaling back field agents in other at-risk areas but not in the Amazon. Deforestation in the region has soared since President Bolsonaro took office last year. Mr Bolsonaro's environmental policies have been widely condemned but he has rejected the criticism, saying Brazil remains an example for conservation.

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