Record Deforestation Contradicts Brazil's Discourse at The COP

INPE's index is the highest recorded for October; minister said he ignored data


The size of the area of ​​deforestation alerts in the Amazon was the largest for October since the survey, published by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), began in 2016. About 877 km² of forest were cut down, 5% more than in the same month in 2020.

The number contradicts the Bolsonaro government's speech at COP26.

At the meetings of the UN climate conference, Brazilian representatives stated that illegal deforestation was already being fought with increased resources and patrolling.

The Minister of the Environment, Joaquim Leite, stated that he would focus on INPE data only when he returned to Brazil. "I didn't follow it, I was focused on negotiations."

On several panels, Leite said he traveled every week to monitor actions against deforesters.

A new draft agreement was published on Friday (12), with the goal of doubling funding for climate change adaptation initiatives in developing countries by 2025, compared to 2019.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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