Brazil government hid surge in Amazon deforestation ahead of UN climate summit

Brazil government hid surge in Amazon deforestation ahead of UN climate summit


Brazilian government authorities kept statistics about a dramatic rise in deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest under wraps during the recent United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, according to a report.

The Amazon region lost 5,100 square miles of rainforest between August 2020 and July 2021.AP

Days before the COP26 summit, which began on Oct. 31, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro met with a group of federal ministers in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, and decided to withhold studies that deforestation had increased by more than 20 percent in 2020-2021 until after the UN summit, according to the Associated Press, citing two ministers who were at the meeting.

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The Amazon region lost 5,100 square miles of rainforest between August 2020 and July 2021 — a 22 percent increase

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