Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached 2,254.8 square kilometers in July, an area 278 percent larger than the surface affected by the phenomenon in the same month last year, the space agency data showed.
The publication led to the dismissal of the former head of the institution, Ricardo Magnus Osorio Galvao Monday. The Brazilian president claimed that Galvao was “at the service of some nongovernmental organization,” to harm both Brazil and its government.
The government replaced him with Darton Policarpo Damiao, a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) officer, as interim head of the institution Tuesday.
Bolsonaro has given the authority over the Amazonian forest to the agriculture ministry and while ofet speaking of mining in the largest rainforest which is also home to the Indigenous people of Brazil.