Amazon Deforestation Levels Surge As World Attention Is On COVID-19 😡
With the world focused on Coronavirus, very little attention & media coverage has been given to surging deforestation levels in the Amazon rainforest. A total of 1,202 square kilometres of forest (464 square miles) was wiped out in the Brazilian Amazon since January.
Compared to last year, that's a 55% increase, also marking the highest figure for the first four months of the year since monthly records began in August 2015. The trend in 2020 is all the more worrying given that the usual high season for deforestation only starts in late May 😭 "The beginning of the year is not the time where deforestation normally happens, because it's raining, and it's raining a lot," said Erika Berenguer, an ecologist at Oxford & Lancaster Universities.
" In the past, when we see deforestation increase in the beginning of the year, it's an indicator that when deforestation season starts... you're going to see an increase, as well."