Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the extent of deforestation in Brazil. The visualizations show that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 73 percent between 2012 and 2018. In addition, the visualizations show that a majority of the deforestation has led to the permanent conversion of forest land for purposes such as agriculture, exposing surrounding trees to dry conditions and thereby making them more susceptible to wildfire. Since January, there have been 75,000 fires in Brazil, an 84 percent increase from last year.
Visualizing Deforestation in Brazil
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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