efe-epaRio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Brazilian Amazon lost 1,698 square kilometers (656 square miles) of its vegetation cover in August, an area 222 percent higher than the deforestation recorded in the same month in 2018, according to data released on Sunday by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Although the total deforestation was slightly less than in the previous month, the destruction of the vegetation cover of the world's largest rainforest continued to grow compared to last year. EFE-EPA