May 7, 2021

Brazil's Amazon: Deforestation rises ahead of dry season

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil rose by 43% in April compared to the same month last year, government data has shown. In November last year the country's space agency reported that deforestation of the Amazon had surged to its highest level since 2008. In recent months, the international community - led by the US administration of President Joe Biden - has put greater pressure on Brazil to scale back deforestation of the Amazon. At a US-led climate summit last month, President Bolsonaro promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030. "The Amazon has become an open bar for land grabbers, illegal loggers and miners," says Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of Observatorio do Clima, a campaign group.

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