Aug 3, 2023

Amazon rainforest: Deforestation in Brazil at six-year low

The rate of deforestation in Brazil's Amazon has dropped to its lowest in six years, space agency data suggests. In July of this year, 500 sq km of rainforest were cleared in Brazil - 66% less than in July of last year, national space agency Inpe said. The Amazon rainforest is a crucial buffer in the global fight against climate change and 60% of it is located in Brazil. The drop is substantive and makes for an impressive turnaround just days before an Amazon summit with leaders from countries that share the world's largest rainforest. The fines imposed in the first seven months of this year have topped $400m, a rise of almost 150%. Reversing the damage done in the Amazon remains challenging but the deforestation drop announced by Inpe on Thursday will send a reassuring message to the world that progress has been made in a relatively short time.

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