RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Deforestation in the Amazon increased by approximately 96 percent in September, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

The increase refers to the same month in 2018 and was recorded by DETER, a system that triggers deforestation alerts to support IBAMA's actions.

Since June, the devastation in the Amazon has been growing in relation to INPE's historical record. The months of July, August and September in the first year of Jair Bolsonaro's government had their highest rates of deforestation since the inception of DETER's records, in 2015.

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