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©MARCELO SAYAO/EPA/MAXPPP - epa07772662 An undated image made available on 14 August 2019 shows a worker cuts down a tree in the Amazon forest in Brazil (issued 14 August 2019). Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached 2,254.8 square kilometers in July 2019, an area 278 percent larger compared to the same month last year, according to the National Institute of Space Research (INPE). Inpe had already reported an 88-percent increase in deforestation in June compared to the same month in 2018, data that was publicly questioned by Brazilian President Bolsonaro. The publication led to the dismissal of the institute's head Galvao and the appointment of Darton Policarpo Damiao, a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) officer as interim head. Inpe's publicly accessible Real-Time Amazon Deforestation Detection System (Deter) shows that the deforestation registered in July 2019 is equivalent to more than a third of the total area decimated in the last 12 months. EPA-EFE/MARCELO SAYAO Brazil Out