Deforestation is spiking in the Amazon

STORY: Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest

spiked more than 80% in August

according to preliminary government data

All the while fires are raging

at a record-breaking pace

Location: Amazonas, Brazil

Environmental advocates are blaming

far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

(Cristiane Mazzetti, Greenpeace Brazil)

“The last four years we had an extremely anti-environment term. It weakened the inspection bodies, did not put in place a robust plan to combat deforestation; through speech and practice, it encouraged the advance of illegality in the Amazon."

Deforestation in the first seven months of 2022

totaled an area about seven times the size of NYC