In Brazil, Amazon Deforestation Has Risen Sharply on Bolsonaro’s Watch

FILE -- An aerial view of land cleared next to a cattle ranch in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil, Aug. 31, 2019. President Jair Bolsonaro has scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, mining and farming, which have led to widespread destruction in the worldÕs largest rainforest. (Victor Moriyama/The New York Times)

Ernesto Londoño and Letícia Casado

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The Amazon rainforest in Brazil lost an area about 12 times the size of New York City from August 2018 through July of this year, according to government data, which shows that deforestation in the biome has shot up significantly since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro.