The far-right government in Brazil encouraged common economic growth policies in the 1960s and 1970s, whereby it was believed that economic development would only be possible with environmental destruction. In the Cerrado biome (the second largest in South America) forest fires are common because of extreme heat and also triggered by criminals who wish to use space for planting soybeans and raising animals. Deforestation in the Cerrado emitted 248 million gross tons of greenhouse gases in 2016. This is more than double that emitted by industrial processes, and it made up 11% of Brazil’s entire carbon footprint that year. This picture is part of a long-term project (in progress), Stress Nexus.
Growth Single 2020 / Marcio Pimenta