Saturday, November 24, 2018

Brasil's Deforestation Carries On

the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reached its highest level in a decade this year, government data released showed, driven by illegal logging and the encroachment of agriculture on the rainforest.

 For the 12 months through the end of July 2018 showed that 7,900 square kilometers (3,050 square miles) of forest were cleared in the Amazon, equivalent to more than half the territory of Jamaica. That was a 13.7 percent increase from the same period in the prior year.

Deforestation is a key factor behind global warming, accounting for around 15 percent of annual emissions of heat-trapping gases, similar to that of the transportation sector.

Brazil’s Climate Observatory, said besides illegal logging, Brazil’s growing commodities sector was contributing to forest destruction as farmers sought to expand. The states of Pará and Mato Grosso were the largest contributors to the deforestation increase. Mato Grosso is Brazil’s top grains producer, leading Brazil’s booming soybean output.

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