According to a research based on satellite data that was just published, the Brazilian Amazon lost almost 18 trees every second in 2021 as deforestation surged by more than 20% nationwide.
In 2021, the country lost native vegetation covering an area larger than Northern Ireland, or 16,557 square kilometers (1.65 million hectares), according to the Mapbiomas research. 13,789 square kilometers of land were lost in 2020.
The Amazon, the biggest tropical rainforest in the world, accounted for about 60% of the deforested land in 2021, according to the analysis.
According to Mapbiomas, a network of NGOs, academic institutions, and technological firms, “Only in the Amazon, 111.6 hectares per hour or 1.9 hectares per minute were deforested, which is comparable to around 18 trees each second.” According to the report, removing land for farming accounted for approximately 97% of the cause, with illicit mining also playing a significant role.
Here are areal view images taken on Porto Velho, Humaita & Labrea, Brazil
Source: THE MALAY MAIL
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