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Brazil lost 1600 sq km of Amazon forest last month

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Smoke rises from a burnt area of land at an indigenous park in Mato Grosso state, in Brazil's Amazon basin.

AFP, Rio De Janeiro :
More than 1,600 square kilometers of Brazil's Amazon rainforest were cleared in July, a significant reduction on the record 2019 numbers - though the total area deforested this year remains higher than 2019, according to official data published on Friday.
The monthly figure was an increase on the 1,000 km2 of deforestation in June - but a decrease on the 2,250 km2 lost in July 2019.
However, the 4,730 km2 of deforestation in the world's largest tropical rainforest from January 1 to July 31 was slightly above the same period in 2019, 4,700 km2, the national space institute said.
The difference is much greater when examining the 12-month figures: For the period of August 2019 to July 2020, which is the year of reference in deforestation statistics, the total loss of 9,200 km2 was significantly higher than the 6,800 km2 cleared in the previous 12 months.
Vice-President Hamilton Mourao - who heads Brazil's National Amazon Council, which this year under international pressure launched an operation against illegal deforestation - said the data showed that government efforts had achieved an "inversion of the trend." Environmentalists said it was too early to start proclaiming success in combatting deforestation.
"We cannot celebrate that we haven't surpassed the 2019 record. That's positive, but it's important to understand that 1,600 km2 is a lot," Ane Alencar, science director at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, said. "Forest clearing is continuing at the same level, and there's a lot of combustible material to burn," added Alencar.
"The fires usually start in June, accelerate in August and peak in September."

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