An aerial view of a a wildcat gold mine, also known as a garimpo, at a deforested area of the Amazon rainforest near Crepurizao, in the municipality of Itaituba, Para State, Brazil [File:Nacho Doce/Reuters]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose to its highest in more than a decade this year, government data on Monday showed, confirming a sharp rise under the leadership of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) space research agency said deforestation reached 9,762 square kilometres, up 29.5 percent, for the 12 months through July 2019.


That’s the worst level of deforestation since 2008, heaping further pressure on the environmental policy of Bolsonaro who took office in January and favours developing the Amazon region economically.


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