Nearly 8,500 square kilometres of the Amazon were deforested in Brazil in 2020.
The 8,426 square kilometres comes within 8% of the 2019 record of 9,178 square kilometres, leavinng some specialists who are critical of President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy concerned.
“In the two years of Bolsonaro’s mandate, we have had the two worst years” in terms of deforestation, said Marcio Astrini of the Climate Observatory NGO. “Forest fires also increased in those two years,” he added.
“It’s no coincidence, it’s the result of the environmental destruction policies implemented by the government,” Astrini said.