Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is surging. Forest destruction rose 55% in the beginning of 2020 compared to the same
period last year.
Destruction is largely caused by illegal logging, mining and farming. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro supports opening up protected lands to
Indigenous tribes have lost huge areas of land to deforestation, threatening their basis of existence. The coronavirus is also adding to concerns.
Data shows that indigenous tribes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The pandemic has paralyzed Amazon protection efforts, which may have contributed to the increased deforestation.
Last year, huge wildfires devastated huge parts of the rainforest. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Its preservation is vital to curb global warming.
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