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Norway’s threat to Brazil: Cut deforestation, or we’ll cut your funding

The Amazon rainforest, of which 60 per cent sits within Brazilian borders, is known as the world’s lungs. The lush rainforest supports a wide variety of life and is one of the last untamed wildernesses on earth.

But in recent decades, the rapid spread of deforestation throughout the rainforest has threatened the Amazon and the animals and plants who live within it. Norway has recently announced it intends to cut funding to Brazil unless it makes a commitment to stop cutting down the rainforest.

Norway has provided over $AU1.4billion to the Brazilian Amazon deforestation fund since 2008, but the efforts have apparently been in vain.

Despite continued publicity to raise awareness about the threat faced by the Amazon – we all remember that “I Didn’t Do It” kid from Conan’s show a few years ago – deforestation has increased in recent years. This has particularly been the case since 2015, where deforestation has accelerated at an unprecedented rate.

Brazil has hit back, saying the country’s commitment to sustainability is ‘unwavering’, although this apparent commitment has failed to play out in practice.

There are an estimated 390 billion trees in the Amazon – that’s 55 trees for every person on earth.

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