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US News Brazil: Very strong increase in July fires in the Amazon

09:25  02 august  2020
09:25  02 august  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Official figures from Brazil have shown a big increase in the number of fires in the Amazon region in July compared with the same month last year. President Jair Bolsonaro has encouraged agricultural and mining activities in the Amazon . But under pressure from international investors in early July his

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The number of fires in Brazil 's Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) rainforest Criminals generally extract valuable wood from the jungle before setting fire to the land to increase its value for Natural fires are very rare in the Amazon . Deforestation hit an 11-year high in 2019 and has

The number of fires there increased by 28% last month compared to July 2019

Une zone de déforestation illégale en Amazonie en 2018 (illustration). © Felipe Werneck / AP / SIPA An area of ​​illegal deforestation in the Amazon in 2018 (drawing). OUR HOUSE BURNS - The number of fires there increased by 28% last month compared to July 2019

Year after year, the Amazonia continues to suffer more and more violently the attacks of fire. The number of fires in the Brazilian part of this forest increased by 28% last month compared to July 2019. The satellite data released on Saturday is fueling fears that the world's largest rainforest could again be devastated by the fires this year.

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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 July 30 alone, satellites detected 1,007 fires, the worst day in July since 2005, environmental NGO Greenpeace said. This figure is even more worrying for researchers because 2019 has already been a devastating year for the forest, prompting protests around the world.

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BRASILIA — The number of fires in Brazil 's Amazon rainforest jumped 28% in July from a year ago, official data showed on Criminals generally extract valuable wood from the jungle before setting fire to the land to increase its value for farming and ranching. Natural fires are very rare in the Amazon .

Brazil 's national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, up The figure is all the more troubling given that 2019 was already a devastating year for fires in the Fires increased 77 percent on indigenous lands and 50 percent on protected nature reserves from

Set on fire to clear

The main purpose of fires is to illegally clear land to make way for agriculture, ranching or mining. Environmental activists accuse President Jair Bolsonaro , notoriously skeptical of climate change, of pushing deforestation with calls to open the rainforest to agriculture and industry. “The government's strategy of conducting media diversion is not working on the ground,” Greenpeace Brazil spokesman Romulo Batista said.

The first six months of 2020 were the period during which deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon was the most significant since statistics were available. According to INPE data, 3,069 square kilometers have been razed. If a significant portion of these areas where trees have been felled are set on fire in 2020, the situation could turn catastrophic, experts warn.

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