The New York Times reports:
While campaigning for president last year, Mr. Bolsonaro declared that Brazil’s vast protected lands were an obstacle to economic growth and promised to open them up to commercial exploitation. Seven months into his term, that is already happening.
Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover since Mr. Bolsonaro took office in January, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the government agency that tracks deforestation.
In June alone, when the cooler, drier season began and cutting trees became easier, the deforestation rate rose drastically, with roughly 80 percent more forest cover lost than in June of last year. The deforestation of the Amazon is spiking as Mr. Bolsonaro’s government pulls back on enforcement measures like fines, warnings and the seizure or destruction of illegal equipment in protected areas.
More than 3700 square kilometres of the Amazon has been deforested this year, with no signs of slowing. Julia Blunck on the history that ties Brazil, the world’s greatest rainforest, and destructive market forceshttps://t.co/ircEVB7zF7
— Prospect Magazine (@prospect_uk) July 26, 2019
Truly terrifying: Brazil under Bolsonaro losing 39% more rainforest than last year. If continues at this pace, the world is screwed. Who will build sanctions and tariff campaign against Brazil? https://t.co/dSZj5G4WNS
— Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) July 28, 2019
Jair Bolsonaro’s rapid destruction of the Amazon Rainforest is probably the most important story in global news right now. https://t.co/LPBaOI96xf
— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron) July 26, 2019
Bolsonaro’s destructive and stance towards the amazon is having an effect. Miners and loggers are operating illegally knowing they will get away with impunity.
If we don’t protect the amazon from them, the results will be catastrophic. https://t.co/mXc966uQOX
— Brazil Solidarity Initiative (@nocoupinBrazil) July 28, 2019