Future of Deforestation Data in Doubt

The firing of the head of the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão, raising concerns over the future of the institution

After a month of intensifying criticism from far-right President Jair Bolsonaro concerning data revealing a spike in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over recent months, the Brazilian President has fired the head of the government agency in charge of tracking forest loss.

The announcement was made by Galvão himself after a meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Marcos Pontes.

“I will be fired… The way I reacted to the president’s accusations of data inaccuracy and data manipulation] has created an embarrassment that is untenable,” Galvão told journalists in Brasília.

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