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WorldHundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

19:35  24 august  2019
19:35  24 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Amazon rainforest fires: Smoke can be seen from space

Amazon rainforest fires: Smoke can be seen from space Smoke from record wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest blanketed São Paulo on Monday and could be seen from space.

Fires in the Amazon have risen 84% amid growing deforestation, Brazil 's space research agency says. These are external links and will open in a new window. Wildfires often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle

More than half are in the Amazon . Around 700 new fires were ignited between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Institute for Space Research. Several thousand protesters took to the streets in Brazil to express their outrage over the destruction, after demonstrations in Europe.

Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, official data showed Saturday, amid growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to put out the worst blazes in years.

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows© CARL DE SOUZA A piece of land burns in the Amazon rainforest, about 65 kilometres from Porto Velho in northern Brazil's Rondonia state, on August 23, 2019

The fires in the world's largest rainforest have triggered a global outcry and are dominating the G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France.

Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far this year, the highest number of any year since 2013, and experts say the clearing of land during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has accelerated the deforestation.

Amazon fires caused by humans, environmentalists say

Amazon fires caused by humans, environmentalists say The rainforest protection group Amazon Watch says farmers, emboldened by the government, intentionally set the forest ablaze

The environment minister of Brazil , where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as Salles flew over fires in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso – an agricultural powerhouse – on Wednesday, and told reporters that some of the fires were

Like the fires , the anger has spread. Now, outraged environmentalists around the world have set their + As outrage grows online and overseas, environmental activists are taking to the streets to READ MORE: Amazon rainforest fires : What caused them and why activists are blaming Brazil ’s On Friday, outside the Brazilian embassy in Paris, hundreds of climate activists staged a demonstration.

More than half of the fires are in the Amazon, and some 1,663 new fires were ignited between Thursday and Friday, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

The new data came a day after Bolsonaro authorized the deployment of the military to fight the fires and crack down on criminal activities in the region.

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows
Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

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The blazes have stirred outrage globally, with thousands protesting in Brazil and Europe on Friday.

Earlier this week, Bolsonaro blamed the fires on non-government organizations, suggesting they deliberately started them after their funding was cut.

The growing crisis threatens to torpedo a blockbuster trade deal between the European Union and South American countries, including Brazil, that took 20 years to negotiate.

EU Council president Donald Tusk told reporters at the G7 on Saturday that it was hard to imagine European countries ratifying a trade pact with the Mercosur bloc as long as Brazil fails to curb the fires ravaging the Amazon, which is considered to be the "lungs of the planet" and crucial to keeping climate change in check.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has taken the lead in piling pressure on Bolsonaro over the fires, had earlier accused the far-right leader Bolsonaro of lying to him about Brazil's stance on climate change.

Environmental specialists say the fires have been accompanied by increasing deforestation in the Amazon region, which in July quadrupled compared to the same month in 2018, according to data from INPE.

Bolsonaro has previously attacked the institute, describing its data as lies and instigating the sacking of its head.

On Friday, he insisted that the fires should not be used as an excuse to punish Brazil.

"There are forest fires all over the world, and this cannot be used as a pretext for possible international sanctions," Bolsonaro said.

Ranchers blamed for deforestation in Brazil rely on a booming business.
By some estimates, about 80% of deforestation in the Amazon has been to make way for cattle ranches . Assuero Veronez, president of the area's Agricultural Federation, is in lockstep with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who wants to open more of the Amazon for business. He argues that fires are normal during the dry season and that the current outrage around the world is politically motivated. But scientists call that view dangerously misguided. If nothing changes, they said the balance between human activity and protecting the Amazon is rapidly tipping against the rainforest.

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