“An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year.
That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon quickened; last year, the pace rose by about 24 percent.
The estimated deforestation rate, released Tuesday by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), is based on satellite imagery. The institute found that from August 2015 to July 2016, the Amazon rainforest was deforested at an estimated rate of 7,989 square kilometers (more than 3,000 square miles).
The year before, it was 6,207 square kilometers. Two years ago, it was barely over 5,000 square kilometers.”