Deforestation In Brazil: The Equivalent Of A Million Soccer Fields Cleared Out Within A Year

The Amazon forest is known to be "the lungs of our planet".

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The biggest part of the Amazon Forest is on Brazilian territory, where the deforestation has risen by 13,72% between August 2017 and July 2018 according to official numbers. It is the equivalent of a million soccer fields says Greenpeace Brazil.

The cleared area over this period was 3050 square miles which represent 5,2 times the city of Sao Paulo according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

For Greenpeace, this is more or less a million soccer fields deforested within a year said Marcio Astrini, Greenpeace Brasil’s public policy coordinator to the AFP.

He says he fears the situation will get worse if populist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro keeps his campaign’s promises to change some environmental regulations. He warns:

"He said he would put an end to the protected natural areas, to the land reserved for Indians and to the penalties for crimes against the environment. All the things that could have reduced deforestation. If he goes through with all this, it could trigger an unforeseeable situation."

The deforestation rate has recorded a progressive decline between 2004 and 2012 in Brazil, mostly thanks to governmental control. Jair Bolsonaro, who said he wished to merge the Environment Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry, implied he could reconsider, which led to a public outcry in Brazil.

Konbini news with AFP

By Clothilde Bru, publish on 27/11/2018