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Fri Oct 7, 2022, 05:06 PM

Amazon loses London-sized area of rainforest in a month with Bolsonaro's reign under threat

Amazon deforestation has soared ahead of Brazil’s environmentally vital presidential election, with an area almost the size of Greater London lost last month alone.

Government satellites show a 1,455 km˛ (562 mi˛) area of rainforest was destroyed in September, as environmental criminals raced to wreck the region before a possible change of president could bring Jair Bolsonaro’s era of destruction to an end.

A recently deforested stretch of forest near the Amazon town of Itaituba seen during a monitoring flight on 26 August

The Climate Observatory watchdog said that figure was up 47.7% compared with last September and on a par with the destruction wrought in September 2019, the first year of Bolsonaro’s far-right administration. August saw a 81% rise in deforestation.

The number of Amazon fires rose 147% compared with September 2021, with more than 41,000 blazes detected by satellites.

“This is a very dangerous moment,” warned Marcio Astrini, the Climate Observatory’s chief executive. “The Bolsonaro government is a forest-destroying machine.”

At: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/07/brazil-rainforest-loss-climate-bolsonaro

A recently deforested area contrasts with a lush Amazon landscape in Nova Xavantina, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.

The rate of Amazon deforestation jumped sharply after a right-wing legislative coup ousted former President Dilma Rousseff - from 2,400 mi˛ in 2015 (Rousseff's last full year in office) to over 5,000 mi˛ last year.

It rose by a further two-thirds so far this year, as loggers rush to harvest lumber before Bolsonaro's likely loss in runoff elections this October 30th.

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Judi Lynn Oct 2022 #1

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Sat Oct 8, 2022, 09:20 PM

1. We have watched this nightmare from a distance for 4 years. It must end now.

The future of our entire world depends upon it, not to mention the lives of precious human beings, and the amazing, exquisite, and necessary animal and plant life which has been there for so many, many thousands of years.

The number estimates given in the article are unbearable. This should NEVER have been possible to give to environmental criminals from greedy, murderous politicians. It's not really theirs to give no matter how lucrative the bribery.

If only Bolsonaro would leave, and the Presidency never be abused again. It's something our entire world can't afford again. Tropical Trump, Trump of the Pampas, and Orange Trump should all be in prison.

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