The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon increased by 28% last month compared to July 2019, according to satellite data released on Saturday, fueling fears that the world’s largest rainforest could again be devastated by fires this year. 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 the day of July 30 alone, satellites detected 1,007 fires in the Amazon, said the INPE, the worst day for a month of July since 2005, underlined the environmental NGO Greenpeace. This figure is even more worrying for researchers because 2019 has already been a devastating year for the Amazon, prompting protests around the world.
As a result, pressures have grown on Brazil, ruled by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, to commit to doing more to protect this gigantic forest, which scientists believe is vital in the fight against change. climate. The main purpose of the fires is to illegally clear land to make room for agriculture, ranching or mining.
A thousand fires in one day
Environmental activists accuse Jair Bolsonaro, notoriously skeptical of climate change, of encouraging deforestation with calls to open the rainforest to agricultural activity and industry.
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