Amazon deforestation during final months of 2019 highest in over a decade

Deforestation during the final five months of 2019 hit the highest level since at least 2006 reveals data released this week by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE.

According to INPE’s satellite-based deforestation monitoring system DETER, deforestation since July 31 — the end of the “deforestation year” used by the Brazilian government — surpassed 4,400 square kilometers, more than twice the clearing recorded for the period a year earlier and 51% above the previous record set in 2007, the first year the the agency started releasing monthly data.

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