The area of deforestation alerts in October was the largest for the month in five years, as shown by data from the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) released this Friday (12), amid the final negotiations of COP26, the 26th Conference of the United Nations on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland.
According to the Deter system, which is the survey of alerts on evidence of changes in forest cover in the Amazon carried out by Inpe, 877 km² of forest fell in the Amazon – an increase of 5% compared to October 2020.
It is the October record in the time series started in 2016.
The Brazilian government announced during COP26 that it will increase the goal of reducing polluting gases from 43% to 50% by 2030, in addition to the possibility of bringing forward the goal of zeroing illegal deforestation from 2030 to 2028, and achieving a 50% reduction until 2027.
The idea, as announced by the Brazilian government, is that there is a gradual decrease in forest destruction by 15% per year between 2022 and 2024, increasing to a 40% reduction in 2025 and 2026, until reaching zero deforestation in 2028.
The government has not yet released this year’s Prodes – which is official deforestation data, also measured by Inpe, which is usually available in early November.
The Climate Observatory, a coalition of Brazilian civil society organizations to discuss climate change, does not believe in the promises made in recent days by the Brazilian government, at COP26, which will close between today and tomorrow.
“Emissions take place on the forest floor, not on the Glasgow plenaries. The forest floor is telling us that this government has no intention of fulfilling the commitments it signed at COP26”, contests Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory.
A CNN contacted the Ministry of the Environment to comment on these data, and the press office mentioned that at the moment “Minister Joaquim Leite is committed to unlocking negotiations on the global carbon market.”
Reference: CNN Brasil