Deforestation surges in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest | AFP

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Deforestation surges in Brazil's Atlantic Forest | AFP

An NGO reports that Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in Minas Gerais state has seen a 66% increase in deforestation in 2021 compared to the previous year, warning that this coastal rainforest is at ‘high’ risk. Between November 2020 and October 2021, the Atlantic rainforest lost around 21,600 hectares, an area equivalent to more than 20,000 football fields, according to a study carried out by the SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation, using satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

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