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Brazil’s Amazon Deforestation Increases 29.5% Over Last Year (1)

Nov. 18, 2019, 8:59 PMUpdated: Nov. 18, 2019, 9:39 PM

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 29.5% in the year ending July 31 over the previous year, the highest increase since 2008 and the third highest ever, the government announced Nov. 18.

The increase was due to an accelerated expansion of the agribusiness frontier into the rainforest and increased illegal Amazon mining and land grabbing, said Claudio Almeida, coordinator of Amazon satellite monitoring for the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Environmentalists and scientific researchers blamed the spike on the environmental policies and promises of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office Jan. 1.

“Bolsonaro has greatly reduced environmental...

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