Between August 2017 and July 2018 some 7,900 square kilometers of forest were logged in the Brazilian Amazon, the worst annual rate of deforestation in a decade, according to official government data.
These numbers translate into a 13.7% increase, compared to the same period the year before, and it equals to the size of 987,500 football fields, according to Eco Inventos.
“This worrisome news comes amid fears that the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, may worsen the situation due to his promise to open more the Amazon to the development of the timber industry”, this website said, adding that it is a problem that Peru also faces.
According to Greenpeace, the Brazilian government is not doing enough to stop deforestation. Eco Inventos said that this is causing climate change since more carbon dioxide is being added to the atmosphere.
A report from Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático encourages the planting of more trees and the proper maintenance to those that already exist is crucial to prevent more global warming.