July 2, 2019
Brazilian officials have told the BBC that there’s been an aggressive increase in deforestation since the election of President Bolsonaro in January. An range of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football degree was currently being cleared every minute.
The rainforest – which has played a crucial role in regulating the Earth’s climate – covers an area 20 epoches the size of Britain. Nearly two thirds of it is in Brazil.
Crucially, it absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide every year
— and causes 20% of the oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere.
David Shukman has been to see how decades of management efforts are being reversed.
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