‘Slash and burn’ agriculture is destroying tropical rainforests
Rainforests are being destroyed to make way for livestock grazing and growing animal feed. Over the past decade, previous governments have managed to reduce deforestation in many areas. However, satellite images show that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased rapidly since Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change sceptic, became president of Brazil in January 2019. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), says deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. Brazil contains 60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest – is that burger really worth it?
INPE. 2019. Area detection variation of DETER project with monthly granularity and PRODES Annual Seasonality (August to July). http://terrabrasilis.dpi.inpe.br/app/dashboard/alerts/legal/amazon/aggregated/