Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest lost 464.96 sq. kilometers (180 sq. miles) of cover in May, or 4.7 times the amount deforested in the same month of 2012 (98.85 sq. kilometers), officials said.
The most affected area was Mato Grosso state, a booming agricultural region in the southern Amazon where 276.92 sq. kilometers of rainforest was destroyed, according to satellite data unveiled Friday by the National Institute for Space Research, or Inpe.