SÃO PAULO—Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has arrived at a fifteen-calendar year higher, freshly launched details exhibits. The surge is prompting environmentalists and scientists to question the government’s willingness to satisfy the pledge it created at the COP26 local weather summit before this thirty day period to conclusion illegal woodlands destruction by 2028.

About five,a hundred sq. miles of Brazil’s Amazon—bigger than the measurement of Connecticut—was denuded in the 12 months between August 2020 and the conclusion of July, a increase of 22% from the former calendar year and the most deforestation in a single calendar year given that 2006, according to Brazil’s place investigate agency, INPE.