Amazon deforestation in Brazil hits worst level in over a decade
November 20, 2019 | 8:42 AM
by Times TV

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil rose to its highest level in more than a decade this year, according to government data published on Monday.

Between August 2018 and July 2019, deforestation reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles), the National Institute for Space Research said.

The figures represent a 29.5% increase compared to last year, and the highest level since 2008.

Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said new strategies were needed to combat illegal logging, mining and land-grabbing, which he said were to blame for the rise in deforestation.

The ministry is due to meet with the governors in the Amazon region on Thursday to discuss ways to combat the issue.

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