According to a report released Tuesday by Imazon, a Brazilian environmental NGO, the area of rainforest destroyed in the Amazon last year reached one,362 square kilometers.
That's 17 times the size of Seoul.
The area lost in 2021 is nearly 30-percent more than in 2020, and the largest since 2012.
The NGO on its website warned that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is causing serious consequences, including loss of biodiversity, threats to the survival of indigenous people, and worsening global warming.
Some blame loose punishments for environmental crimes in the rainforest, after President Jair Bolsonaro took office.
According to recent data, penalties for environmental crimes in the Amazon rainforest fell from 688 cases from 2014 to 2018, to just 44 cases from 2019 to 2020.
In response, an organization consisting of ecologists, scientists and lawyers filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court against President Bolsonaro last year, accusing him of being responsible for the destruction of the rainforest.