Before and After
Amazon rainforest that was turned into farmland is seen near the city of Alta Floresta, in the Brazilian state of Para, on June 19.
The destruction of the vast rainforest—the largest in the world—spiked by more than a third over the past year, wiping out an area more than twice the size of the city of Los Angeles.
Scientists and environmental activists warn that farming, mining, and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil's long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation.
(Photo: Nacho Doce/Reuters)