Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, is well known for its deforestation across the planet. The leaping rate of deforestation there over the past two decades has put in risk the genetic diversity, global climate change, forest resources, and flooding and erosion.
55% of illegal loggers and ranchers were estimated to destroy the forest since the first four months of 2020 and according to Brazil’s space research agency, the devastated zone of the forest is now 64% bigger than in the same period last year.
Even Brazil’s National Institute Of Space Research confirms “a total of 1,202 sq km was wiped out”. Environmentalists overtly accuse President Jair Bolsonaro to have an upper hand in motivating such illegal activities, while the latter denies this allegation.
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Brazil too was severely hit by the strong wave of the global pandemic which resulted in the deployment of fewer government enforcement. Already the number of positive cases has reached 141, 000 and the number of death is approximately 10, 000.
However, this pandemic does not help to reduce the number of illegal loggers in remote areas. In fact, the latter is not even concerned with the virus and its deadly effects on health.
The Amazon rainforest is a primordial carbon store that helps not to accelerate global warming, but to curtail illegal logging and mining an acute rise of deforestation in Brazil has been underlined.
Cristiane Mazzetti, the campaigner of Greenpeace Brazil Amazon, emphasizes that land conservation is “one of the most successful means of reducing deforestation” but since recent years the creation of new protected zones came to a full stop.
Facts about Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest:
- It spans 670 million hectares.
- It acts as 90 to 140 billion metric tons of carbon.
- It serves as residence to 34 million of Amazonians who rely on its resources for survival.
- Deforestation is anticipated to double to 48 million hectares in 2030 if the current tendencies persist.