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Record deforestation in Brazil, the dangerous game of Jair Bolsonaro

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Aerial view of Formosa do Rio Preto, in the state of Bahia in Brazil, May 29. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

In spite of President Jair Bolsonaro's attacks, threats and accusations of lies, the satellites continue to describe the unrelenting realities.

Amazon deforestation is dangerously accelerating in Brazil: in July, it would have risen by 278% compared to the same month of 2018, show the data of the detection system Real Time Deployment (Deter) of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), released on Tuesday 6 August.

This frightening rate, based on satellite images, is added to the 88% increase observed in June and the 34% increase registered in May.

In total, no less than 6,833 km2 of the Brazilian primary forest have been deforested for a year (of which2 since January) the equivalent of 65 times the city of Paris, or three quarters of a vast territory like Corsica.

Issued less than a week after the forced dismissal of INPE director Ricardo Galvà £ o on August 2, accused by the head of the State of â € " ™ be "Serving some NGO", the numbers are able to amplify the presidential fury. Determined not to give in to the "Environmental psychosis", Jair Bolsonaro reiterates that the data of the Institute is  " mensongères" while his environment minister, Ricardo Salles, refutes everything  " alarmism", ensuring that if the numbers are correct, they are "Misinterpreted".

A haircut that could cost dearly

After swearing at the Osaka G20 in Japan in June that his country would respect the Paris Climate Agreement, signed in 2016, the leader of the Brazilian right-wing extremist is faced with its contradictions.

But far from defending, Jair Bolsonaro is provoking many provocations against the international community. Playing the nationalist swagger in front of his most radical electorate, the President snubbed the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, visiting Brasilia on July 30, after that the latter had visited NGO ecologists.

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