Deforestation in the Amazon Forest is the Biggest in 15 Years, and the Brazilian Government is Accused of Hiding Data From COP26

El País, Naiara Galarraga Gortázar in 18/11/2021

According to a new annual balance, the Brazilian Amazon lost 13,235 square kilometers of trees in one year. Illegal deforestation increased 22% compared to the previous period, when it totaled 10,851 square kilometers.

The report was produced by INPE (National Institute for Space Research) and timidly released by the Bolsonaro government on November 19th, although it is ready since October 27th. Environmentalists accuse the Executive and the Minister of the Environment, Joaquim Leite, of hiding the data until the end of the COP26 negotiations.

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