River in the Amazon rainforest. Photo Credit: Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay

Environment Brazil9. July 2024

Largest Rainforest Sees Largest Drop in Deforestation

Deforestation in the Amazon has dropped to the lowest level in six years.

Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, INPE, recently released data regarding deforestation in the Amazon. They found that deforestation in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon is down by 54 percent compared to last year.

The last time deforestation levels were this low in the region was in 2017. The study further suggests that a drop in deforestation will continue throughout the end of 2024. Though human destruction has been lowered, a significant drought in the area and a rise in forest fires are currently devasting large parts of the Amazon. While less deforestation is undoubtedly positive, other efforts must be made to combat global warming and protect the Earth’s largest rainforest.


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