Amazon deforestation surges in April

  • Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon exceeded 1,000 square kilometers in April, the highest total since 2008 and roughly twice the level of April 2021, according to data released today by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE.
  • The loss — which only accounts for the first 29 days of the month — put deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon through the first four months of 2022 at 1,953 square kilometers as the region heads into the peak deforestation season.
  • Last year deforestation topped 13,000 square kilometers for the first time since 2006.
  • Scientists have warned that the Amazon may be approaching a tipping point where vast areas of rainforest transition to a woody savanna. 

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