Deforestation in the Amazon has spiraled out of control during Jair Bolsonaro’s as president. InfoAmazonia and PlenaMata have illustrated the destruction using satellite imagery.
Hoping to win re-election on Sunday, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is approaching the end of his fourth year in charge of the country. In that time, he has overseen widespread environmental destruction, and is set to finish his term with Amazon deforestation exceeding 40,000 square kilometers — an area the size of Switzerland.
Between Mr. Bolsonaro taking office in 2019 and 2021, Brazil’s annual deforestation rate more than doubled in comparison to the three-year period ending in 2018, taking forest destruction to historic levels.