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Canada "More than 1000 fires in one day": the Amazon rainforest destroyed by flames

13:05  02 august  2020
13:05  02 august  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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More than 1000 fires were registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to an analysis by advocacy group Greenpeace In 2019, Brazil instituted the same temporary policies later in the year, only after fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry in August.

The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest increased 28% in July in comparison to last year, the country's National Institute for Many now fear that a repeat of the large surge in fires that devastated the area last August could occur this year again. " More than 1 ,000 fires in a single day is

The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest increased by 28% in July 2020 compared to the previous year. Statistics that worry experts.

Une partie déforestée de la forêt amazonienne, près de Porto Velho, au Brésil, le 21 août 2019 (illustration). © REUTERS A deforested part of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Brazil, August 21, 2019 (illustration).

Months go by, and the Brazilian Amazon rainforest continues to burn . The number of fires in the area increased by 28% last month compared to July 2019, according to satellite data released on Saturday, fueling fears that the world's largest rainforest could be devastated by flames again this year. .

Brazil's National Space Institute, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, up from 5,318 the previous year. On the day of July 30 alone, satellites even detected 1007 fires in the Amazon, said INPE, the worst day for a month of July since 2005, underlined the environmental NGO Greenpeace.

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More than 1 ,000 fires were registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to an analysis by advocacy group Greenpeace In 2019, Brazil instituted the same temporary policies later in the year, only after fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry in August.

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This figure is worrying for researchers, 2019 having already been a devastating year for the Amazon: the state of the forest has notably provoked protests around the world. As a result, the pressures have increased on Brazil , ruled by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, so that the latter is more involved in the protection of this gigantic forest , which scientists consider vital in the fight against climate change. The main purpose of the fires is to illegally clear land to make room for agriculture, ranching or mining.

A thousand fires in a day

Environmental activists accuse notoriously skeptical of climate change, Jair Bolsonaro , of encouraging deforestation with calls to open up the rainforest to agricultural activity and industry. "More than a thousand fires in a single day is a record for 15 years and it shows that the government's strategy of conducting media diversion operations is not working on the ground," the spokesperson said in a statement. from Greenpeace Brazil, Romulo Batista.

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The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year. Brazil's national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020

The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, as environment groups warned a " More than 1 ,000 fires in a single day is a 15-year record and shows the government's strategy of media-spectacle operations is not working on

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President Bolsonaro has mobilized the army to fight the fires, but environmentalists believe that he is not addressing the real causes of the fires and the deforestation. The spokesperson for Greenpeace Brazil explained that actually combating arson aimed at illegally clearing land would require other measures than those taken by the Brazilian authorities.

"In the texts, these fires are prohibited, but the ban only works if there is also a response on the ground, with more patrols. Criminals are not especially known to obey the law", explains Romulo Batista. In addition, the Bolsonaro administration has cut the budget, staff and programs of the Brazilian environmental agency, Ibama.

"Catastrophic" situation

"Everything that worked has been thrown out the window," said Erika Berenguer, an environmentalist specializing in the Amazon, and researcher for the British universities of Oxford and Lancaster. The Amazon fire season typically runs from June to October.

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The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year. Brazil's national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020

More than 1 ,000 fires were registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to an analysis by advocacy group Greenpeace In 2019, Brazil instituted the same temporary policies later in the year, only after fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry in August.

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But fires are only one of the causes of deforestation. During the rest of the year, ranchers, cultivators, miners and speculators "prepare" wooded areas for subsequent burning. The first six months of 2020 were thus the period during which the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon was the most important since statistics exist: according to data from the INPE, 3,069 square kilometers of wood have been cleared.

If a significant part of these areas where trees have been felled is set on fire in 2020, the situation could become catastrophic, warn experts. In 2019, the number of fires had already increased by 200% in August year on year, with 30,900 fires listed. Sao Paulo, the megalopolis located a thousand kilometers away, had been covered by a thick cloud of ash.

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