Record deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Jair Bolsonaro’s election failure led to a ‘frenzied race for devastation’

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached 904 square kilometers in October, a record for this month of the year, according to official data released on Sunday, less than two months before the end of the mandate of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, reports l AFP.

The DETER satellite observation system, in use since 2015, has detected a 3% increase in deforested area in Earth’s largest rainforest compared to October 2021.

The data was released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), according to Agerpres.

In just 10 months, the year 2022 has already become the worst in this statistical series concerning deforestation in the Amazon, with 9,494 square kilometers of vegetation razed from the map, beating the previous record of 9,178 square kilometers cleared during the whole of year 2021.

The Brazilian branch of the NGO WWF stressed in a press release that deforestation and fires “exploded” in the Amazon after the announcement of the result recorded in the presidential elections in Brazil.

On October 30, Jair Bolsonaro, accused by environmentalists of favoring the destruction of the Amazon, was narrowly beaten by former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (president from 2003-2010), who had committed to fight for a complete halt to deforestation. .

“The increase in deforestation (in October) was expected, but the preliminary data from the first days of November are frightening, we are witnessing a real rampant race for devastation” before the change of government, said WWF representatives.

During the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, the average annual deforestation increased by 75% compared to the previous decade.

President-elect Lula, who will begin his third presidential term on January 1, 2023, confirmed on Thursday that he would travel to COP27 in Egypt early next week, where he could announce the first orientations of his environmental policy.

“The new government will have a lot of work to bring the country back in the right direction, to put an end to the perception that the Amazon is a territory of lawlessness,” said Raul do Valle, representative of the WWF, quoted in the press. . press release published by this NGO.

The Bolsonaro government’s environmental policy “is still going to cause destruction for a while, it will be a huge challenge to change the data of the problem, but it is inevitable, because Brazil is once again a leader in the climate debate”, added Andre Freitas, a representative of the Greenpeace organization in Brazil.

Publisher: AC

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