Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Rainforest9.3S 55.7W
The lighter green, herringbone patterns across the dark green Amazon Rainforest, in Brazil, are signs of deforestation – areas where rainforest trees have been cut down to make space for agriculture, grazing animals, towns, roads, etc.
Brazil once had the highest deforestation rate in the world and as of 2005 still has the largest area of forest removed annually. Since 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers (230,000 sq mi) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed. In 2001, the Amazon was approximately 5.4 million square kilometres, which is only 87% of the Amazon’s original state.
Rainforests have decreased in size primarily due to deforestation. Despite reductions in the rate of deforestation in the last ten years, the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40% by 2030 at the current rate. Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometres of forest, an area larger than that of Greece.