Illegal logging reaches Amazon’s untouched core, ‘terrifying’ research shows

  • Satellite imagery shows that logging activity is spreading from peripheral areas of the Amazon toward the rainforest’s core, according to groundbreaking research.
  • The satellite-based mapping of seven of Brazil’s nine Amazonian states showed a “terrifying” pattern of logging advance that cleared an area three times the size of the city of São Paulo between August 2019 and July 2020 alone.
  • At the state level, lack of transparency in logging data makes it impossible to calculate how much of the timber production is illegal, experts say.
  • Evidence of cutting in Indigenous reserves and conservation units — where logging is prohibited — make clear that illegal logging accounts for much of the activity, according to the report.

One of the main fears about the Brazilian Amazon is beginning to materialize: logging is starting to move from the periphery of the rainforest toward the core of the biome, groundbreaking new research shows.

Source: Illegal logging reaches Amazon’s untouched core, ‘terrifying’ research shows

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