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World Brazil. 28% increase in fires in the Amazon in July

21:26  01 august  2020
21:26  01 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Greece. Firefighters are fighting a violent forest fire near Corinth

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Un incendie dans l’Amazonie brésilienne, en août 2019. © Illustration Agência Estado A fire in the Brazilian Amazon, in August 2019.

The number of forest fires in the Amazon in Brazil increased by 28% last month by report to July 2019, fueling fears that the world's largest rainforest will again be devastated by fires in 2020.

Brazil's National Space Institute , INPE, has identified 6,803 fires in the region Amazonian in July 2020, against 5,318 the previous year, according to data published this Saturday, August 1.

On July 30 alone, satellites detected 1,007 fires in the Amazon, INPE said, the worst day for July since 2005, Greenpeace said.

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A worrying figure for researchers

This figure is even more worrying for researchers because 2019 has already been a devastating year for the Amazon, causing protest demonstrations around the world.

As a result, pressure has grown on Brazil, ruled by ultra-conservative President Jair Bolsonaro , to commit to doing more to protect this gigantic forest, which scientists believe is vital in the fight against the climate change .

The main purpose of the fires is to illegally clear land to make room for agriculture, animal husbandry or mining .

Environmental activists accuse Bolsonaro

Environmental activists accuse Bolsonaro, who has been skeptical of climate change, of encouraging deforestation with calls to open the rainforest to agricultural activity and industry.

"More than a thousand fires in a single day, this is a record for 15 years and it shows that the government's strategy to conduct media entertainment operations is not working on the ground" , said the spokesperson for Greenpeace-Brazil, Romulo Batista, in a statement.

President Bolsonaro has mobilized the military to fight the fires, but environmentalists say he is not addressing the real causes of the fires and deforestation.

Brazil. Aritana Yawalapiti, great indigenous chief, died of Covid-19 .
© REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino The great indigenous chief Aritana Yawalapiti, fervent defender of indigenous rights and the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, died Wednesday of a severe form of Covid-19. The one who devoted his entire life to defending the rights of his people and the Amazon, died Wednesday of the coronavirus. He was about 70 years old. Before falling ill, Aritana Yawalapiti had launched a fundraising campaign to facilitate access to healthcare for members of her community.

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