Brazil Amazon rainforest deforestation hits 11-year high in 2019 -govt data

by Reuters
Monday, 18 November 2019 13:45 GMT

Brazilian firefighters and soldiers are pictured on a burning tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers, in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose 29.5% for the 12 months through July, to an 11-year high of 9,762 square kilometers, the country's INPE space research agency said on Monday.

That's the most deforestation since 2008 and confirms preliminary monthly data showing a precipitous rise in deforestation in Brazil under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who favors developing the Amazon region economically over environmental protections.

(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Alex Richardson Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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