Sep 6, 2023

Amazon rainforest: Deforestation rate continues to fall

The rate of deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has dropped by 66.1% this August compared to the same month last year, satellite data from space research agency Inpe suggests. The Brazilian environment minister said the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had been key in bringing about the fall. Mr Lula's government says it is committed to stopping deforestation completely by 2030. Almost 60% of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil. Last month, President Lula hosted leaders from the eight countries that share the Amazon basin at a summit in the city of Belém.

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