In a welcome turn of events, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon plummeted by 31% in the first five months of this year compared to the same timeframe in the previous year, as per an announcement made by the government.
A total of 1,986 square kilometers of rainforest were lost, compared to the 2,867 square kilometers deforested in the same period of the previous year, according to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe).
João Paulo Capobianco, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMA), spoke about the inherited issue of high deforestation rates . . .