August 1, 2020

Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – 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, up from 5,318 the year before.The figure is all the more troubling given that 2019 was already a devastating year for fires in the Amazon, triggering global outcry.That has put pressure on Brazil, which holds around 60 percent of the Amazon basin region, to do more …


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