The Amazon: Saving Brazil’s Rainforest

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Can the Amazon’s destruction be halted, and if so, what needs to happen to achieve it?

  • More than 10,000 square kilometres of Brazil’s rainforest was lost in 12 months last year – an area nearly seven times bigger than greater London.
  • Scientists are warning that the rainforest is approaching an irreversible tipping point, as deforestation and illegally started wildfires are said to be encouraged by president Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Bolsonaro’s government has repeatedly been accused of “greenwashing” promises to save the Amazon, as deforestation has grown sharply since he took office in 2019.
  • Critics say Bolsonaro's plans do not go anywhere near far enough, as the target still allows for about 16% more deforestation than in the year before he became president.
  • Although Brazil's lawmakers may pass new legislation which would legitimise further land grabs, hope rests on a pledge signed by Brazil at the 2021 U.N. climate summit to end deforestation by 2030.
  • While only time will tell whether pledges will be delivered on, environmentalists want the world to hold Brazil accountable for any continued weak environmental governance and surveillance efforts.
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