- The data comes from monitoring Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research
- Between August 2020-July 2021, about 5,110 square miles of rainforest were lost
- The revelations undermine Brazil’s recent efforts to shore up its green credentials
- ‘it is a shame. It’s a crime,’ an environmental organization said of the damage
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has reached its highest level in more than 15 years, with a 22 percent increase in the last year alone.
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research’s Prods Monitoring System has shown that 5,110 square miles of rainforest was lost from August 2020-July 2021.
The revelations undermine recent efforts by President Jair Bolsonaro and his government to bolster their environmental credibility at COP26 earlier this month.
During the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Brazil proposed to the US administration of Joe Biden and committed to ending illegal deforestation by 2030.
Mr Bolsonaro, however, did not attend the high-profile conference.
The space agency’s report was released publicly yesterday, but the date is October 27 – four days before talks begin at the conference in Glasgow.
The Amazon rainforest is home to about three million species of plants and animals, as well as about one million indigenous people.
In addition, forests have long been an important carbon sink that helps to mitigate against global warming, although a recent study indicates that this is changing in some areas.
Damage to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has reached its highest level in more than 15 years, with deforestation increasing by 22 percent in the past year alone. Image: BR-163 highway, seen here in late 2019, stretches between the Tapajos National Forest and a soy field in Belera, Para State, Brazil
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research’s PRODUCTS monitoring system has shown that 5,110 square miles of rainforest was lost from August 2020-July 2021. Image: A map showing deforestation identified by prods in the Brazilian Amazon in 106 key areas
Amazon is now turning up the heat
Data from the Prods System A study has shown that the Amazon rainforest is now ‘fueling’ global warming.
Researchers at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research reported that vast areas are producing more carbon than they absorb due to deforestation.
He said the combination of fire and log in has seen large areas becoming carbon emitters from an essential ‘carbon sink’.
This change is exacerbating the global warming crisis, causing ‘extreme weather events’ and the team said ‘it is getting worse every year.’
Extensive observations have shown that southeastern Amazonia – about one-fifth of the entire region – has become a major source of CO₂.
Not a single year has passed for Brazil’s Amazon that the rainforest hasn’t lost more than 3,860 square miles to deforestation in the decade before Mr Bolsonaro’s presidential term began in January 2019.
In the period 2009-2018, an average of 2,510 square miles were lost each year, but the annual average has increased to 4,400 square miles since then.
The total extent of deforestation over the past three years, meanwhile, covers an area larger than the US state of Maryland.,
‘it is a shame. It is a crime,’ Marcio Estrini, executive secretary of the environmental non-profit group Network Climate Observatory, told the Associated Press.
‘We are seeing the Amazon rainforest being destroyed by a government that has made environmental destruction its public policy.’
Upon taking office more than two years ago, Mr Bolsonaro promised to further develop the Amazon for agriculture and mining, sparking global outrage over the destruction of the rainforest.
Since then, his administration has denigrated environmental officials in Brazil – not to mention accusing the National Space Research Institute in particular of tarnishing the county’s reputation – of legislative measures to loosen land security. While supporting, thereby encouraging land grabbers.
In fact, just this week, while attending a conference in the United Arab Emirates aimed at attracting investment, Mr. Bolsonaro told the audience that 90 percent of the Amazon remains pristine and attacked Brazil for deforestation. were inappropriate, saying he wanted people to ‘get to know the real Brazil.’
The revelations undermine recent efforts by President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) and his government to bolster its environmental credibility at COP26 earlier this month.
In the period August 2020-July 2021, the lion’s share of deforestation occurred in the state of Para, which saw 40 per cent of all losses.
However, the year-over-year increase in mercury was modest compared to the states of Mato Grosso and Amazonas, with deforestation increasing by 27 and 55 percent, respectively, and 34 percent of the total loss.
Brazil’s Environment Minister Joaquim Leit said, ‘We have to be more empowered in relation to these crimes BBC News,
The official also claimed that the figures released in the report “do not at all reflect the situation in the last few months”.
However, early data for the reference period 2021-2022 appears to contradict this sentiment, showing signs of further downside.
While less reliable than PRODs, the National Institute for Space Research’s monthly monitoring system, Deeter, has marked increases for both September and October compared to the same period last year.
“This is the real Brazil that the Bolsonaro government tries to hide with fictitious speeches and acts of greenwashing abroad,” WWF executive director Mauricio Voivodic said in a statement after the release of the Prods data.
“The reality shows that the Bolsonaro government has accelerated the path of destruction of the Amazon,” he said.
The whole conclusion of the report was…