Deforestation In The World’s Largest Rainforest Is At Its Highest Level In 15 Years
According to official figures released last week, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon (the world’s largest rainforest) has reached a 15-year high, with an increase of 22% over the previous year.
Probes monitoring system of the National Institute for Space Research revealed that the Brazilian Amazon lost 13,235 square kilometers of rainforest in the 12 months from August 2020 to July 2021. In recent years, this number has increased. The high level of deforestation contradicts the government’s recent efforts to bolster its environmental credentials, which included making overtures to the US administration of Joe Biden and pledging to eliminate unlawful deforestation at this month’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.
Bolsonaro campaigned on pledges to develop the Amazon and rejected worldwide outrage over its destruction. In order to embolden land grabbers, his government has undermined environmental regulators and supported legislation weakening land safeguards. During a conference in the United Arab Emirates this week aimed at encouraging investment, he told an audience that assaults on Brazil for deforestation were unjust and that much of the Amazon remained pristine.
What is being done to prevent deforestation?
In a statement, the Brazilian farm association Sociedade Rural Brasileira said, “We will give full support to our MPs so that Brazilian autonomy can be protected.” The EU submitted a plan to limit imports of commodities linked to deforestation on Wednesday.
Brazilian Environment Minister Joaquim Leite said that the statistics do not reflect the Government’s actions during the past six months. Brazilian Justice Minister Anderson Torres has vowed to use “absolute force” to end the country’s illegal deforestation.
Deforestation poses a serious threat, especially when it affects the earth’s lungs. Therefore, it needs to be taken seriously and dealt with immediately.