Amazon Deforestation - BBC News

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Amazon Deforestation - BBC News 4.5

Brazilian officials have told the BBC that there's been an aggressive increase in deforestation since the election of President Bolsonaro in January.

An area of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football pitch is now being cleared every minute.

The rainforest - which plays a vital role in regulating the Earth's climate - covers an area 20 times the size of Britain. Nearly two thirds of it is in Brazil.

Crucially, it absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide every year and produces 20% of the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere.
David Shukman has been to see how decades of conservation efforts are being reversed.

💬 Comments on the video

Ironically the most intelligent species on the planet is also the most stupid.

Author — Earth Man


The brazilian new president is ridiculous.

Author — OI eu sou o GON


Now there’s a thing only when the last tree has been cut down only when the last river has been poisoned only when the last fish has been caught only then will you realise you can’t eat money?

Author — Paul Marsh


If Brazil produces 20% of the worlds oxygen then the rest of the world should pay them to maintain the rainforest - sureky! Pay Brazil more than it can earn from beef cattle.

Author — Freddy


kick the Brazil president of his position!!!



BBC did not address the fact that it is the increase in world population that created that demand. If only the world would decrease the population, then the demand for all kinds of food, water and hydrocarbon would decrease. Every time any environment issue arise the environmentalists and news media ignores the true fact that it is population increase that fuels the problem. So maybe it is time for environmentalists and the news media to reduce their family and the will will follow.

Author — peter parker


We can blame it on President Jair Bolsonaro, the most abject person in the world. He is allowing thousands of miners and farmers to enter the Amazon Forest to explore minerals and cut down trees to make pasture for cattle. An indigenous leader (Chief Emyra Waiãpi) was murdered in Roraima state (Brazil) by gold miners and thousands of Indigenous reserves are in danger of being invaded by armed prospectors. Mr. Bolsonaro is trying to pass a law in the Brazilian Congress that will facilitate land exploration in the Amazon. The rainforest is in Brazil, but her importance belongs to the world. PLEASE!! I beg to all students in the world to ask your teachers, colleagues, and friends to make rounds of conversations, lectures, and awareness of what is happening in Brazil. I am setting up a study group at my university about what is happening to the forest. Sorry for my poor English!!!

Author — VictorLawyer _Pt


I expect the British Government to do a lot in reaction to this news. I doubt many decades will pass before people put pressure on governments to invade countries and protect forests! But we also need to plant a lot more forest throughout Europe to replace what European countries destroyed before anyone started keeping count!

Author — ZypheREvolved


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God bless all people!


Author — Snowred wang 红雪儿


Amazon rainforest is disappearing while the Amazon company is growing

Author — Betty


I hope those soy bean farms are worth it. plot twist: they aren't.

Author — Infinite Plasma


Bolsonaro without doubt will cause the total destroy of the Amazon Rainforest. The planet is in danger!

Author — Mariana Almeida


2020?? Who else has to watch this for their geography homework and ur in lockdown due to the Coronavirus

Author — Queen Bob


Infact British with such high income and standard of living should also plant trees in their own backyards

Author — mahesh chandra


We have to learn to plant trees so we can help our beautiful earth one tree at a time. Poor animals.

Author — Givanza


ok but it’s been 3weeks of this going on i guess and i’m now hearing about this that is so messed up like 3 WEEKS LATER I FIND OUT LIKE WHAT?!

Author — Veronica Lasko


I love Brazil. I will come to Brazil one day.

Author — Rin ApriL


We have to remember though that Britain also cut down all their forests so as someone from Britain we can’t really have a go at them.

Author — Meg Xxx


And now we have 17 days on fire in the amazon :( :(

Author — Lourdes Curruchiche


Good now let's talk about homeless people dying on the streets

Author — Sheeple are Lame