The Post’s investigation of deforestation in the Amazon

By Terrence McCoy
The Washington Post
October 12, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The lawless destruction of the Amazon rainforest is an emergency that touches us all. …Under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation is at a 15-year high. …The Washington Post travels to some of the Amazon’s most remote and dangerous regions to reveal how crime, corruption and greed are leading to its systematic dismantling — and how Brazil, and the world, are failing to ensure the integrity of the planet’s largest rainforest. Key takeaways:

  • Beef is the killer — and America is complicit.
  • Brazil has the tools to make the beef industry less destructive.
  • Those accused of destroying the forest are often charged with protecting it.
  • Brazil has lost nearly a fifth of its Amazon rainforest.
  • Killing accompanies illegal deforestation — and is done with impunity.
  • Many of the problems preceded Bolsonaro, but they have intensified.

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