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Rainforest Destruction in Brazil's Amazon Is a Public Security Emergency

Expand Brazil's Minister of Justice and Public Security, Sergio Moro, on May 15, 2019. © 2019 Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil Fires and deforestation in the Amazon captured the world’s attention in 2019 for good reason. Experts have long identified the Amazon forest as crucial to efforts to slow climate change. Some 29,944 square kilometers of it—an area about 20 times the size of the city of São Paulo—burned in August on live worldwide television. Preliminary data from Brazil's National Space Research Agency (INPE) shows that deforestation alerts in the Amazon increased by 85 percent in 2019…

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