Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year. That’s up 85% over the same period in 2018.
3,571 square miles of forest—about the size of Yellowstone National Park—were lost between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1, according to Brazil's National Space Research Institute.
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Deforestation has claimed 74,663 square miles of Brazil’s Amazon basin since 2001.
The map below shows Brazil's rate of deforestation within the Amazon Basin (green) over a 15-year period.
After peaking in 2004, deforestation rates declined dramatically due to stricter enforcement of environmental laws.
Data: Global Forest Watch; Bloomberg/Getty Images