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Brazil: deforestation in July up 278% compared to the same period in 2019
Aerial view of a forested area in the Amazon, Brazil, September 22, 2017. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

The deforestation in Brazil in July was almost four times higher than the same month of 2018, according to official figures released on Tuesday, August 6, confirming a state of preoccupying but questioned regularly by the president of extreme right Jair Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the government agency responsible for measuring deforestation in the Amazon, reported 2,254 square kilometers of degraded areas. In the country last month, compared to 596.6 square kilometers in July 2018, an increase of 278% year-on-year.

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The latest INPE data reported an 88% increase in deforestation in Brazil in June compared with what was recorded for the same month. month last year. The deforested areas reach 6,833 square kilometers over the 12 months, increasing by 40%, according to the same organization.

Director dismissed

The Bolsonaro government recently fired INPE director Ricardo Galvao, accused of providing figures  " false" for "Make the NGO game".

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For the chief of state, climateosceptic notorious, data showing a recent increase in deforestation "Do not match the reality" and  € œare harmful to the image of Brazilâ €.

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