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Illegal deforestation wiped out almost 1,900 FIFA soccer fields per day in the Amazon jungle in 2019

Added 05-28-20 12:36:02am EST - “A study released Tuesday showed that as many as 2,100 hectares - the equivalent of 1,900 soccer fields - were razed each day in 2019 as a result of illegal deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Illegal deforestation wiped almost 1,990 soccer fields per day in 2019”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A study released Tuesday showed that as many as 2,100 hectares - the equivalent of 1,900 soccer fields - were razed each day in 2019 as a result of illegal deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. 

The Amazon lost around 160,000 hectares of rainforest to deforestation. Meanwhile, the Cerrado biome, the largest savanna region in South America, has the second second-highest deforestation rate with 1,119.6 hectares of forest land illegally razed last year.

The annual report published by non-profit organization MapBiomas indicated that only 0.5 percent of deforestation across the entire of Brazil was deemed legal. 

Satellite images obtained by MapBiomas show how quickly an Amazon rainforest area deforested between May 8 and May 29, 2019

MapBiomas' report also revealed that 15.6 percent of deforestation occurred on indigenous lands and conservation units.

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