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The Brazilian Amazon registers record deforestation in the first half of the year

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The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported the loss of 3,988 square kilometers of vegetation between January and June.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a new record for the first half of the year, with the loss of 3,988 square kilometers of vegetation between January and June, according to satellite data released this Friday by the Brazilian News Agency.

According to the latest report from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which computes daily deforestation alerts, the accumulated semester exceeded the logging of the same period of all the years of the series, which began in 2016.

In addition, the impact on jungle areas is 80% greater than the average deforested area in the same period of 2018, reported INPE.

Likewise, burning had a maximum level in June for that month in 15 years and increased by 17.9% in the first semester compared to the same stage in 2021, according to measurements made by the Real Time Deforestation Detection System (Deter).

The agency in charge of satellite monitoring also revealed that more than half (51.6%) of deforestation in the Amazon in the first half of 2022 occurred on public land.

Bearing in mind the electoral year, the institution suggests that government plans begin to prioritize the conservation of this ‘lung’ of the planet.

Under the mandate of the pre President Jair Bolsonaro, started on January 1, 2019, the average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon increased by 73% to 13,038 square kilometers last year, according to official figures.

The head of state himself pressed to open protected lands to agribusiness and mining, and is in favor of exploitation of natural resources in the area.

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