A nonprofit environmental group, Imazon, is warning that the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has increased by 20% in the last nine months, over the same time the previous year.
The group said that satellite imagery showed the region lost 2,169 square kilometres of forest from August through April, up from 1,807 square kilometres lost over the same period last year.
Experts blame logging and land invasion for much of the deforestation, some of which has occurred in protected areas. Eight former Brazilian environment ministers have warned that the Bolsonaro government is destroying Brazil’s environmental policies.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and the country’s environment minister have opened the Amazon up for more logging, mining and agribusiness, violating land rights of indigenous people.