Incêndio florestal sobre área de floresta degradada, em processo de desmatamento, em Novo Aripuanã, Amazonas. Crédito: © Victor Moriyama / Amazônia em Chamas

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Deforestation hits new record high, a triumph of Bolsonaro’s ecocide

Com 13. 235 km2, devastação na Amazônia é a maior desde 2006 e resulta diretamente da política de desmonte

18.11.2021 - Atualizado 19.11.2021 às 12:13 |

The deforestation rate in the Amazon in 2021 reached 13,235 km2, according to data silently posted this Thursday afternoon (18) on the website of the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe). The figures released by Inpe’s Prodes program point to a 22% increase since last year. This is the third consecutive rise during the Bolsonaro administration and also the first time since the start of measurements in 1988 that devastation has increased for four years in a row.

“This is the result of a persistent, planned and continuous effort to dismantle environmental protection policies by the Jair Bolsonaro regime. It is the triumph of a cruel strategy that is making the world’s largest rainforest disappear before our eyes and framing Bolsonaro’s Brazil as a global climate threat”, said Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of Observatório do Clima. “Unlike the propaganda that the government and its cronies in the agriculture and industry lobbies tried to sell at COP26, in Glasgow, this is the real Brazil, a country of scorched earth, violence against traditional populations and runaway organized crime in the Amazon.”

The government knew about the Inpe data even before the climate conference, but deliberately hid the information, which also show that the more than half a billion reais spent on military operations in the forest has been all but useless. And there is yet another worrying indication: leading up to the paving of BR-319, the State of Amazonas has surpassed Mato Grosso in terms of devastation.oc

“We need a strong and effective response from society as a whole. Bolsonaro needs to be stopped”, concludes Astrini.

About Observatório do Clima: Founded in 2002, OC is the main Brazilian civil society network dealing with climate agenda; it has 70 member organizations, including environmental NGOs, research institutes and social movements. Its objective is to help build a decarbonized, egalitarian, prosperous and sustainable country in the fight against climate crisis. OC has been publishing SEEG, an annual report estimating greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil, since 2013.

 

Press information:

Solange A. Barreira – Observatório do Clima

[email protected]

+ 55 11 9 8108-7272

The deforestation rate in the Amazon in 2021 reached 13,235 km2, according to data silently posted this Thursday afternoon (18) on the website of the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe). The figures released by Inpe’s Prodes program point to a 22% increase since last year. This is the third consecutive rise during the Bolsonaro administration and also the first time since the start of measurements in 1988 that devastation has increased for four years in a row.

“This is the result of a persistent, planned and continuous effort to dismantle environmental protection policies by the Jair Bolsonaro regime. It is the triumph of a cruel strategy that is making the world’s largest rainforest disappear before our eyes and framing Bolsonaro’s Brazil as a global climate threat”, said Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of Observatório do Clima. “Unlike the propaganda that the government and its cronies in the agriculture and industry lobbies tried to sell at COP26, in Glasgow, this is the real Brazil, a country of scorched earth, violence against traditional populations and runaway organized crime in the Amazon.”

The government knew about the Inpe data even before the climate conference, but deliberately hid the information, which also show that the more than half a billion reais spent on military operations in the forest has been all but useless. And there is yet another worrying indication: leading up to the paving of BR-319, the State of Amazonas has surpassed Mato Grosso in terms of devastation.oc

“We need a strong and effective response from society as a whole. Bolsonaro needs to be stopped”, concludes Astrini.

About Observatório do Clima: Founded in 2002, OC is the main Brazilian civil society network dealing with climate agenda; it has 70 member organizations, including environmental NGOs, research institutes and social movements. Its objective is to help build a decarbonized, egalitarian, prosperous and sustainable country in the fight against climate crisis. OC has been publishing SEEG, an annual report estimating greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil, since 2013.

 

Press information:

Solange A. Barreira – Observatório do Clima

[email protected]

+ 55 11 9 8108-7272

 

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