Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest has dropped 22.3% compared to last year.

By Helena Kiannejad

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Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 22.3% from the previous year, with the tree loss being the lowest it’s been in the past 5 years. Deforestation is the purposeful removal of forested land (trees and plants are being removed essentially) for other purposes such as agriculture, housing, logging, and paper. One of deforestation's worst effects is soil erosion. Soil erosion is harmful to the environment because, by removing the top layer of soil, it reduces cropland productivity as well as contributing to the pollution of water in lakes and other areas since there’re no trees anchoring the soil. The analysis of the rainforest update regarding deforestation came from satellite images, which showed the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest totaled 9,001 square kilometres (roughly the size of Puerto Rico). In comparison, it’s usually 11,000 square kilometres being cleared out.

Since Luiz Inácio da Silva has become president of Brazil again, he’s improved government policies, which include increasing surveillance and fining perpetrators. This holds companies which deforest past the amount they’re allowed to accountable.

In fact, Silva has promised to drop deforestation levels to 0 by 2030, and so far, it seems like it’s going to be successful. “It is the end of the expectation of impunity,” Silva told journalists at a news conference announcing the results. “When you see the increase in operations … this creates a virtuous circle of no longer expecting impunity.”

Sources:
Andreoni, Manuela. “Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Falls to a Five-Year Low.” The New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023, www.nytimes.com/2023/11/09/climate/amazon-deforestation.html.

Reuters. “Amazon Deforestation Falls More than 20% to Its Lowest Levels in 5 Years.” CNN, 10 Nov. 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/10/climate/amazon-deforestation-falls-climate-intl/index.html.

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