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Visualizing Deforestation in Brazil

by Michael McLaughlin
Map of Brazil showing significant portions of the country is no longer forest.

Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the extent of deforestation in Brazil. The visualizations show that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 73 percent between 2012 and 2018. In addition, the visualizations show that a majority of the deforestation has led to the permanent conversion of forest land for purposes such as agriculture, exposing surrounding trees to dry conditions and thereby making them more susceptible to wildfire. Since January, there have been 75,000 fires in Brazil, an 84 percent increase from last year.

Take a look.

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