Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps us understand what is going on in Brazil and Latin America. This week, we discuss the phenomenal rate of environmental degradation in Brazil.
- 24 trees
- lost every second
Deforestation in Brazil’s six biomes jumped 13.6 percent in 2020, reaching 13,853 square kilometers. That is an area almost the size of Connecticut. Over 60 percent of deforested land was in the Amazon, according to a new report by the MapBiomas Project, which monitors deforestation.
By the numbers. Here is how deforestation has...