Deforestation in Amazon Highest in 15 Years

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil increased by 22% over the past year, according to Brazil’s space research agency INPE. This is the highest level of deforestation recorded since 2006.

From August 2020 to July 2021, approx 5,110 sq miles of forest were destroyed, according to satellite data. This comes after Brazil pledged to stop deforestation by 2030 at COP26. More than 100 nations signed a pledge that includes approx $19.2 billion for programs and groups stopping deforestation. 

Brazil is home to the majority of the Amazon rainforest. If enough of the forest is destroyed, scientists fear that the Amazon will come to a tipping point, when it could possibly transform into a savannah.