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Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon sets record in first half of 2022

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Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon sets record in first half of 2022

Brasilia, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in the first semester was the highest recorded since the beginning of the historical series in 2016, according to data released on Friday by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Specifically, the world’s largest rainforest reported 7,533 fire outbreaks during the first six months of 2022.

Between January 1 and June 24, deforestation covered an area of 3,750 square kilometers (km²), the worst six-month record in six years.

In addition, fires in June were at their highest level for that month in 15 years and increased by 17.9 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2021, according to measurements taken by the Real-Time Deforestation Detection System (DETER).

DETER produces daily signals of changes in forest cover for areas larger than three hectares (0.03 km²), both for fully deforested areas and for those undergoing forest degradation processes (due to timber exoration, mining, burning and others).

In June alone, 2,562 hot spots were reported, 11 percent more than those reported in the same period of the previous year. This is the third consecutive year with such high numbers in the forest.

May and June mark the beginning of the fire and deforestation season in the Amazon, due to the dry period in the rainforest.

Deforestation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil, which contribute to global warming, and preservation of the forest is absolutely crucial to the maintenance of the biological and climatic processes that bring rain to the Midwest and Southeast regions.

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