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July 08, 2019 - Global Citizen

Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest Rose by 88% in June

Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest Rose by 88% in June
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Environmentalists say the change stems from pro-business and anti-environmental policies adopted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

The Amazon Rainforest is shrinking at an unprecedented rate, losing the same area as more than two soccer fields every minute. The amount of Amazon Rainforest lost in June — 920 square kilometers — was a staggering 88% more than the amount that was lost last June, according to Brazil’s space agency.

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