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Brazil records worst day for Amazon fires in 15 years

This photo taken on October 01, 2019 shows a fire near Itaituba, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon rainforest
This photo taken on October 01, 2019 shows a fire near Itaituba, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon rainforest.

The amount of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon hit a nearly 15-year high this week, in accordance with official figures that provided the most recent warning on the advancing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest.

Satellite monitoring detected 3,358 fires on Monday, August 22, the best number for just about any 24-hour period since September 2007, based on the Brazilian space agency, INPE.

The quantity was nearly triple that recorded on the so-called “Day of Fire”August 10, 2019when farmers launched a coordinated intend to burn large sums of felled rainforest in the northern state of Para.

Then, fires sent thick gray smoke completely to Sao Paulo, some 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) away, and triggered a worldwide outcry over images of 1 of Earth’s most vital resources burning.

There is absolutely no indication that Monday’s fires were coordinated, said Alberto Setzer, head of INPE’s fire monitoring program.

Rather, they may actually fit a pattern of increasing and burning, he said.

Experts say Amazon fires are caused mainly by illegal farmers, ranchers and speculators clearing land and torching the trees.

In Brazil, the so-called “arc of deforestation” has been advancing.

“The regions where in fact the most fires are occurring are moving farther and farther north,” Setzer told AFP.

“The ‘arc of deforestation’ is without a doubt evolving.”

August is normally when season starts in earnest in the Amazon, with the arrival of drier weather.

It has been a worrying year up to now for the forest, an integral buffer against : INPE detected 5,373 fires last month, up eight percent from July this past year.

Sufficient reason for 24,124 fires up to now this month, it really is on the right track to function as worst August under President Jair Bolsonarothough well below the 63,764 fires detected in August 2005, the worse for the month since records began in 1998.

Bolsonaro, an agribusiness ally, faces international criticism for a surge in Amazon destruction on his watch. Since he took office in January 2019, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased by 75 percent when compared to previous decade.

The far-right president rejects that criticism.

“None of those people who are attacking us have the proper. Should they wanted a fairly forest to call their very own, they ought to have preserved the people within their countries,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday.

“The Amazon belongs to Brazilians, and always will.”

But with Bolsonaro running for reelection in October, the destruction risks accelerating, said Ane Alencar, director of science at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM).

“We realize from previous years that there surely is a connection between elections and deforestation,” with officials and distracted by the campaign, she said.

This season, “we’ve high rates of deforestation… and you may still find plenty of felled trees waiting to burn.”



2022 AFP

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