Satellite monitoring detected 218.4 square km of forest cover destroyed in Brazil’s share of the world’s biggest rainforest last month.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose 150 percent in December from the previous year, according to government figures,

presenting a final bleak report for far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro in his last month in office.

Satellite monitoring detected 218.4 square kilometres (84.3 square miles) of forest cover destroyed in Brazil’s share of the world’s biggest rainforest last month

The area was up more than 150 percent from the 87.2 square kilometres (33.7 square miles) destroyed in December 2021, according to the agency, INPE.

Bolsonaro, who was replaced on January 1 by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, triggered an international outcry during his four years in office for a surge of fires and clear-cutting in the Amazon

Under Bolsonaro, an agribusiness ally, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose by 75.5 percent from the previous decade.