. Amazon deforestation in Brazil hits its worst level in 15 years « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR – Brazil’s Amazon rainforest saw its highest annual rate of deforestation in over 15 years, the latest data shows, after a 22% climb from the previous year.

The country’s space research agency monitoring system showed that the region lost over 5,100 square miles of rainforest — comparable to about the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut — between August 2020 to July 2021. About 1 million Indigenous people, and 3 million species of plants and animals, live in the Amazon, according to the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace.

President Jair Bolsonaro has chipped away at Brazil’s environmental protections and minimized rainforest shrinkage since becoming president in 2019, has been under international pressure to reverse course.

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