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Amazon received record deforestation alerts in February

Photo: Marizilda Cruppe/Amazonia Real/Amazon Watch

In February, the cumulative number of alerts about deforestation in the legal Amazon was 291 km², the Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said today. This is the highest monthly level in the entire historical series, which began in 2015.

Alerts are provided by the Real-Time Deforestation Detection System (Deter), which shows daily signs of forest cover change for areas larger than three hectares, both completely deforested and areas in the process of forest degradation.

In January, as we showed, there was a decline in deforestation alerts in the region compared to the same period in 2022. However, the Climate Observatory emphasized that greater cloud cover during that period may have contributed to the decline, and that it was therefore too early to attribute the result to a change in the federal government.

The Legal Amazon corresponds to 59% of the country’s territory, which includes the total area of ​​the following states: Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins and part of Maranhão.

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