Brazilian Amazon deforestation surges to break August records

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Some 1,114.8 sq km of forest cut down this month, equivalent to the area of Hong Kong

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest August level since the current monitoring system began in 2015, underscoring concerns about the weakening of forest protection under president Jair Bolsonaro.

The world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink lost 1,114.8 sq km – equivalent to the area of Hong Kong – in the first 26 days of this month, according to preliminary data from the government’s satellite monitoring agency. The data does not include damage caused by fires currently sweeping parts of the Amazon.

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