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Wildfires, beef production, and logging are causing forested areas about the size of El Salvador to disappear.
Brazil's Federal Police Superintendent in the Amazon Alexandre Saraiva on Wednesday sued Environment Minister Ricardo Salles for favoring illegal logging. The lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court, which must now decide whether to open an investigation against Salles or not.
In March, the Environment Minister visited the Amazon to address the conflict. He assured that the land from which the timber was extracted is legal and recalled that wood extraction is allowed in Brazil.
Deforestation in the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, rose by 17 percent in 2020. Wildfires, beef production, and logging are causing forested areas about the size of El Salvador to disappear.
Earlier this month, Brazil sought US$1 billion in aid from countries including the U.S. and Norway to help reduce deforestation by up to 40 percent.