Highest Levels of Deforestation in the Amazon Since 2015

Highest Levels of Deforestation in the Amazon Since 2015

After promising to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030 at COP26, Brazil has seen its Amazon rainforest lose 430 km2 (166 square miles) over the month of January, which is the highest amount over that month since 2015 and five times the amount in January of 2021. The Brazilian government argues that deforestation has been lessened overall since August 2021. 

The felling of trees in the masses was done for the material they provide along with clearing space for farming that will supply global food companies with crops like soya or the ranching of cows being a couple of examples.  Mining may also be a point of interest in this clearing of space.  This is all whilst indigenous communities within the rainforest wish to protect their home and way of living. 

President Bolsonaro is accused of allowing illegal felling of trees and acceleration of deforestation by environmentalists.  Greenpeace is asking supermarkets in the UK to drop any suppliers that are involved with this deforestation, mainly ones involved with meat and dairy produce.  

With each tree cut down in the Amazon, the less carbon it can capture and hold, with carbon dioxide held within those trees potentially being released back into the atmosphere.  Despite the contradictions against the promise made at Glasgow’s COP26 though, political observers argue that the policies still stand, and the promise can be kept. 



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