By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – About 12 million hectares of rainforests disappeared in 2018, according to data from Global Forest Watch (GFW), the equivalent to thirty football fields per minute. Brazil alone decimated 1.3 million hectares of forests, mostly in the Amazon region and specifically near or in indigenous territory.

“Brazil’s primary forest loss in 2018 was lower than its 2016-2017 fire-related spike, but still more than it was from 2007-2015, when the country had reduced its deforestation rate by 70 percent,” stated the report.

Primary, or old growth, tropical . . .

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