Deforestation in the Amazon grows 34% from August 2019 to July 2020

Until June 2020, biome had 14 consecutive months of increased destruction

São Paulo

Under the Jair Bolsonaro government (without a party), deforestation in the Amazon grew 34% from August 2019 to July 2020 compared to the same previous period, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research made available last Friday morning.

The total amount of deforested area between August 2018 and July 2019 was already exceeded at the beginning of June this year.

Novo Progresso, in Pará. Foto: © Christian Braga / Greenpeace

Considering only the data for July 2020, released this Friday (7), there was a 27% drop in deforestation compared to July 2019 - with more than 2,000 km² destroyed. That is the record month concerning any month of the series recent historical history of Inpe.

Even with a reduction compared to the previous year, the data for July show considerable destruction in the biome: more than 1,500 km² were devastated in 30 days.

The information comes from Deter, Inpe's real-time forest monitoring program.

In the case of the Amazon, the clear trend is for steady growth in deforestation. In June, the biome completed 14 consecutive months of increased destruction, always concerning the same months of the previous year.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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