Technology to the rescue of the rainforest

amazon rainforest gps

Since taking office as president, Jair Bolsonaro has overseen the dismantling of Brazil’s already frail mechanisms for the curbing of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. While the upwards trend in deforestation took off in 2013, it has accelerated to dangerous heights over the past few months. In June, Amazon deforestation increased 88.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a study by the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe).

June was the second consecutive month seeing higher deforestation rates in the area. If this pace is maintained, the rainforest would suffer “irreversible...

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