This Year Already 83 Percent More Amazon Forest Cleared than in 2018
This Year Already 83 Percent More Amazon Forest Cleared than in 2018. The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is again showing alarming figures about the deforestation of the Amazon forest, the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Last month 563 square kilometres were cleared, an increase of no less than 103 percent compared to November last year.
Deforestation usually slows in November and December when the rainy season starts in the Amazon, but the deforestation rate was unusually high last month, according to the INPE.
It is even the highest increase for November since 2015.
That figure would bring the total deforestation for the period from January to November this year to 8,934 square kilometres: an increase of no less than 83 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
That is the equivalent of nearly 1,250 large football pitches of 105 by 68 meters of the total area of the American island of Puerto Rico.