According to official data, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has reached its maximum in a decade destroying area five times the size of London.
The deforestation in Amazon rainforest saw 13.7%. rise from last year figure.
It caused the destruction of about 7,900 sq km (3,050 sq miles) of the world’s largest rainforest from August 2017 to July 2018. Environment Minister Edson Duarte has accused illegal logging as a major cause.
The policies of the newly elected Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro has brought the figures into the light. In his election campaign, Mr. Bolsonaro promised to limit fines for harming forestry.
His aide has claimed that government will combine the agriculture and environment ministries for the cause. However, critics said that it could threaten the rainforest.
The latest government data shows that Mato Grosso and Pará states are the most affected zones which brought a 13.7% rise over last year’s statistics.
Mato Grosso is also on top in production of grains in Brazil. The critics said that expanding agriculture is also influencing the rainforest.
Mr. Duarte accused the increase in organized crime for the illegal deforestation. He further aimed that the country should expand its efforts against ‘environmental violations and in defense of sustainable development of the biome’.
The annual survey data collected from Satellite data under the deforestation monitoring project ‘Prodes’.
The Amazon region has the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It is a home to many plant and animal species which still getting discovered by scientists.
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