Brazilian Amazon Deforestation Hits Record For May
Sumaira FH 20 days ago Fri 04th June 2021 | 10:18 PM
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record for the month of May this year, the space research institute INPE said
Rio de Janeiro, June 4 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Jun, 2021 ) :Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record for the month of May this year, the space research institute INPE said.
It was the third straight month in which such a record was set and raises serious questions over President Jair Bolsonaro's commitments to protecting the rainforest.
"This is worrying because May is the start of the dry season when devastation intensifies in a large part of the Amazon region," said the Observatorio de Clima NGO, which is highly critical of the government's environmental management.
Deforestation figures have been collected by INPE's satellite observation system since 2015.
In April, 580 square kilometers of rainforest were lost.
Since coming to power in 2019, the far right Bolsonaro has promoted the commercialization of the Amazon and described NGOs trying to protect the jungle as a "cancer." However, he recently pledged to eliminate Brazil's illegal deforestation by 2030, some 10 years ahead of target.
But environmentalists accuse his government of being ignorant and even of sabotaging environmental protection measures.
"It has spent two and a half years dismantling the policies controlling deforestation," said the Observatorio.
The NGO hit out at Environment Minister Ricardo Salles for "paralyzing" the IBAMA inspection body that monitors deforestation.
IBAMA's "leadership has just been removed over suspicions it was operating in favor of loggers," said the NGO.
From the start of the year until May 28, some 2,337 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest were cut down by the logging and farming industries.