The area of deforestation in the Amazon reached its highest level in the last 15 years after an increase of 22% compared to the previous year, according to data published this Thursday, November 18 by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) of Brazil.
According to the estimate resulting from the Satellite Deforestation Monitoring Project (Prodes), the Brazilian Amazon lost 13,235 km2 of tropical forest in a reference period of 12 months between August 2020 and July 2021.
The loss in square kilometers, during the mentioned period, is the equivalent of almost 5 times the province of Lima, of 2,670.40 km2 according to INEI reports being its highest level since 2008, when 12,911 square km of destroyed forest was registered.
The data, belonging to the Prodes system, capture images via satellite, characterized by its precision, they were calculated from the analysis of 106 priority scenes from all the states of the area called Legal Amazon (ALB), which includes nine states.
The main factor of deforestation lies in the pressure of agriculture and livestock, the opening of land for soybeans and Brazilian beef that, without problems, is distributed to various regions of the world, according to a report by National Geographic .
The continuous increase in the exploitation of Amazonian forests poses a threat to the future of Brazil and the planet because, as the green surface diminishes in size, the forest loses, in addition to biodiversity, the ability to contribute against global warming.
This situation is also a diplomatic problem for the Brazilian Government.
“Criminal and coward. That is the definition of the Bolsonaro government. They are destroying the country. Deforestation is now 76% higher than when that gang took power. In 3 years, they destroyed almost 35 thousand km2 of forest, “he said. Marcio astrini executive secretary of the environmental organization Climate Observatory of that country.
The balance sheet of the state-owned INPE was released on its website in a stealth manner, without announcement or presentation. Meanwhile, according to the Climate Observatory, the report was ready before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow begins.