Environment Brazil sets new six-month Amazon deforestation record

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Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon reached a record level during the first half of 2022, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said Friday.

The world's largest tropical rainforest lost 3,750 square kilometres (1,450 square miles) of jungle since the beginning of the year, the worst numbers for that period since record-keeping began in 2016. The previous worst figure of 3,605 square kilometres was set last year.

The new figure does not even include the final six days of June. This year has seen the worst June in 15 years for forest fires. Monthly records were also beaten in January and February, when deforestation is usually lower, and in April.

INPE satellites identified more than 2,500 fires in the Amazon last month, the largest number since more than 3,500 were recorded in June 2007, and an 11 percent increase over June 2021.


Way to go Brazil! Kill off your rain forests right in the middle of Global Warming how dare you?
 
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