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November 19, 2021 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon grew by almost 22% between August 2020 and July 2021, compared to the previous period, setting a record in the last 15 years: the highest since 2006.

These are the data from the Prodes deforestation monitoring system and the National Space Research Institute (Inpe) of Brazil. Logging in the largest rainforest in the world totaled 13,235 km2 in the period 2020-2021, the highest since 2005-2006 (14,286 km2).

Fires in 2020

In 2020, fires in Brazil devastated 8,500 km2 of forests in the second green lung of the planet.

According to Inpe, the destruction remains less than the 9,178 sq km of forest that went up in flames in 2019, the worst year for the Amazon.

There is, however, one fact that worries environmentalists: in the month of December 2020 alone, 216 km2 of Amazon rainforest were destroyed, an area 14% higher than that which disappeared in December 2019.

Last year Up to 103,161 fires were recorded, 15.6% more than those that burned in 2019, when images of the Amazon in flames went around the world, sparking open criticism of many Western leaders of the Brazilian president , who rejected them.