Jair Bolsonaro aroused global indignation in November when he affirmed: ‘Look,
you’re not going to do away with deforestation, or the burning – its cultural’.
But if he had said: ‘Look, you’re not going to do away with deforestation or
the burning, because they are supported by federal laws passed before I became
president’, he would have been closer to the truth....
Forest degradation nearly doubled in the Brazilian Amazon last year, rising from 4,946 square kilometers in 2018, to 9,167 square kilometers in 2019. Experts say this is likely due to soaring illegal timber harvesting and export under President Jair Bolsonaro.To facilitate illegal harvesting of rare and valuable timber, like that of the Ipê tree,...