Environment

Deforestation and land-grabbing at full steam during Covid-19

With the formal economy grinding to a halt, illegal deforestation and land-grabbing operations in the Amazon are doing a roaring trade

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Photo: MS/Ibama

With a significant number of people isolating at home, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many industries to their knees. However, illegal land-grabbing, mining, logging, and poaching in the Brazilian Amazon continue at full steam, with criminals using the pandemic period to ramp up deforestation in the region.

According to data from the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe) and its real-time deforestation detection system, alerts of deforestation in the Amazon increased 63.75 percent in April, compared to last year. This uptick in forest destruction is also affecting indigenous and preserved areas of the region, with alerts in these territories...

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