Number of the week

Brazil lost 24 trees per second in 2020

A new report shows how — and where — deforestation is increasing

deforestation Last year, a massive portion of the Pantanal wetlands were lost to wildfires. Photo: GovMS via FP
Last year, a massive portion of the Pantanal wetlands were lost to wildfires. Photo: GovMS via FP

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...

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