Deforestation in the Amazon Fell 19% in November, Says Government

The deforestation rate from August 2020 to July 2021 showed an increase of 22%, the highest rate since 2006

After delaying the release of a report on the increase in deforestation in the Amazon before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), the Jair Bolsonaro (PL) government celebrated a drop in deforestation for the month of November. The ministers of the Environment, Joaquim Leite, and Justice, Anderson Torres, announced this Tuesday (14), at the Palácio do Planalto, a 19% reduction in deforestation in the region compared to the same month in 2020.

The data are from Deforestation Detection in Real Time and show that the area deforested in the last month was 249 km². In October, the index had been the highest for the month in five years. The high level of devastation in the Amazon from August 2020 to July 2021 was 22% over the previous cycle, the highest rate since 2006. The National Institute for Space Research consolidated the data on October 27nd and released it November 18th. COP26 began in Glasgow, UK on October 31. At the conference, the Bolsonaro government hid 15 years of the Amazon deforestation record.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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