Environmental activists blame the deforestation on Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro. He has been gung-ho about exploiting the country’s natural resources to boost its faltering economy.
Last month, Greenpeace condemned Bolsonaro for his aggressive approach toward deforestation, referring to his administration as a “threat to the climate equilibrium.”
A former army captain, Bolsonaro has long been accused of neglecting the global climate change fight and endangering the rainforest. He campaigned on a pro-business stance.
Ascending to power he promised to restore the country’s economy by finding other uses for the Amazon forest.
During his campaign, he vowed that if elected he would not set aside a single “centimetre” more land for Indigenous reserves.
After taking office, he implemented a number of legal changes to boost development work. It is alleged that, in his tenure farmers are allowed to cut away at more Amazon land for ranching.