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Brazil says Amazon deforestation worst since 2008

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 19, 2019
The rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its highest level in more than a decade.
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Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles), a 30 percent increase over the previous year, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research said.

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The area of deforestation is the largest recorded since 2008 and is about the size of the U.S. states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

The Brazilian state of Para accounted for nearly 40 percent of all deforestation during the 2018-19 period, but illegal logging increased markedly in the states of Roraima and Amazonas, officials said.

The report is preliminary, and its data will be confirmed next year.