Deforestation in Brazil continues torrid pace into 2020

Google Earth image of fish-scale deforestation east of Caroebe, in the state of Roraima, Brazil in January 2020.
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to rise, according to data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE.
NPE’s deforestation alert system DETER shows that deforestation during January 2020 amounted to 284 square kilometers (110 square miles), an area 83 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The loss is more than twice that registered in January 2019.
January’s numbers put deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over 9,000 sq km for the past 12 months, an 85% increase over a year ago.
The various data points suggest that forest destruction in the Brazilian Amazon is currently pacing about double last year’s rate.
Despite global concern over last year’s catastrophic forest destruction and associated fires in Earth’s largest rainforest, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to rise, according to data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE.
INPE’s deforestation alert system DETER shows that deforestation during January 2020 amounted to 284 square kilometers (110 square miles), an area 83 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The loss is more than twice that registered in January 2019.

January’s numbers put deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over 9,000 sq km for the past 12 months, an 85% increase over a year ago. 4,688 sq km have been cleared since August 1, 2019, the beginning of the “year” Brazil uses for tracking annual deforestation, or 113% higher than the same time last year.
The various data points suggest that forest destruction in the Brazilian Amazon is currently pacing about double last year’s rate.
Deforestation alert data on a twelve month rolling basis. Blue is INPE’s DETER system, while red is Imazon’s SAD system. Imazon is an independent Brazilian NGO that functions as a check against official Brazilian government data.
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