According to official data released by the Brazilian government on November 30th local time, the area deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon forest has surged in the past year, reaching the highest level in 12 years, which has caused Brazilian President Bolsonaro to be condemned by many parties.
According to a report by France 24 Hours Television (France24) on November 30, a monitoring project of the Brazilian Space Agency tracks the damage of forests by analyzing satellite imagery. According to the monitoring report released by the Agency on the same day, in the past 12 months to August this year, the Amazon region has about 1. 110,000 square kilometers of forest were destroyed, which is equivalent to the area of Jamaica. The report points out that although the area of deforestation in the previous year also reached the highest level in more than a decade, the report shows a new high in deforestation.
Brazil’s Climate Watch said that Brazil may be the only country that has “successfully” increased greenhouse gas emissions during the period when the coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the global economy. In a statement, Dusty, spokesman of Greenpeace, called it a setback and contrary to the efforts of the international community to respond to the climate crisis.
According to the report, Bossonaro is a “climate change skeptic” and Brazil’s deforestation area and wildfire incidence have increased significantly since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. At present, the Bolsonaro government is promoting the opening of protected land for mining and agriculture, and cutting funding for environmental protection projects. Environmentalists say these policies have exacerbated the destruction of Amazon forests.