The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said this Friday that the news that warns about a irreversible destruction of the Amazon they are a “bummer”, a day after official estimates from his government revealed a record deforestation in 15 years.

“Is there illegal deforestation? There is. It is enough that other countries do not buy our wood, it is simple,” said the president in his weekly live broadcast on social networks.

“Are there illegal burnings? There are, but not in that proportion that they count out there. And we fight them. Some say” they have to fight them more “… Do you know the size of the Amazon, how many countries in Europe can fit in the Amazon?” he added.

Bolsonaro did not directly refer to data released Thursday by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which estimates that there was a deforestation of 13,235 square kilometers between August 2020 and July 2021, an increase of 22% over the previous period. and the worst levels in 15 years.

But he criticized what he considers “lies” about the destruction in the Amazon, 60% of which is located in Brazil.

“While we strive like unfortunates to bring a good image of Brazil abroad, terrible Brazilians come out to criticize the country, to tell lies about the Amazon,” said the president.

“Look at this article:” The Amazon is close to an irreversible point and can turn into a desert. “It is the same annoyance as always. Articles mostly sponsored by Brazilians who work against their country,” he added.

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The increase in deforestation in the period 2020-2021, the third annual under the Bolsonaro government, calls into question Brazil’s promise to reverse this trend and eliminate illegal deforestation by 2028, as promised at the last UN conference on climate change, COP26.

The government is also being accused of having deliberately delayed the disclosure of the data until after COP26 to avoid new international criticism, which holds it responsible for promoting these increases by weakening the control of the biome and with its favorable speech towards extractive activities in areas. protected.

According to scientists, various places on the planet are exposed to decisive moments, turning points that can affect the entire ecosystem of the planet. The Amazon rainforest can undergo a process of “sabanization” that would irreparably affect the planet’s ability to recycle CO2.

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