Deforestation has been on the rise in Brazil since the current president, Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019. His more right-leaning political standing has softened on environmental issues in the matter. His reasoning for doing so is to open up more farming and mining opportunities to reduce poverty among the populace.
New highs in lumber production have been experienced (specifically) in April, January, and February of this year. The numbers indicate a rise of 69% since 2021 during the same yearly period. This is quite alarming to climate change observers being that the Amazon Rainforest is seen as a major factor in filtering out the climate-warming carbon dioxide for our atmosphere.