Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon grew 103.7% in November, compared to the same period of 2018, according to estimates from the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe) released on Friday.
According to the institute, between November 1 and 30, deforestation alerts were recorded in 573.03 square kilometers of the Amazon, the largest area for that month since 2015.
The data correspond to the projection on deforestation carried out monthly by Inpe, based on a system of alerts of changes in the forest cover of the Amazon.
Based on the projection, deforestation increased from 276.40 square kilometers in November 2018 to 573.03 square kilometers last month.
The data is also alarming for the accumulated between January and November.
Inpe estimates estimate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon during this period has almost doubled from 4,879 square kilometers in 2018 to 8,695 in 2019.
Environmental organizations have blamed this increase in tree felling in the largest tropical forest on the planet for the anti-ecologist rhetoric of Brazilian ultra-right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro, who is in favor of exploiting the mineral resources of the Amazon along with other countries.
For this, the Brazilian president came to propose, among other measures, relax environmental control in the region and regulate mining in indigenous reserves.
According to critics of the far right, loggers increased the felling of forests and farmers expanded their cultivation areas in the region.
Deforestation favors the emergence of outbreaks of fires in the Amazon, which last August rose to 30,901, the worst figure of the last decade recorded in Brazil.
Inpe statistics indicate that the Brazilian Amazon lost 9,762 square kilometers of its vegetation cover between August 2018 and July 2019 – the equivalent of 10,000 football fields -, which represents the highest level of deforestation since 2008.
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