Brazil will use its security forces to fight deforestation in the Amazon. It is worried that too many trees are being cut down in the world's largest rainforest. There could be a big increase in deforestation in 2020. The year has started badly for our environment. Deforestation in the Amazon doubled in January compared with January 2019. A new report says many areas of the Amazon produce more CO2 than oxygen. The Amazon is called "the lungs" of the planet. It plays an important role in helping the Earth's environment as it changes CO2 into oxygen.
Brazil's Justice Minister approved the special security force to help track down and stop illegal loggers. There was a big increase in illegal logging in 2019. Last year, damaging fires also swept across large parts of the rainforest. Police with special military-style training will work with environmental agency officials. Regional governments also need to change. Some regional governments are selling off land to developers. This is increasing the pace of deforestation. To make things worse, the regional governments are doing little to replant trees in the jungle.