The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon region in July increased dramatically compared to the same month in the previous year. As reported by the Brazilian space agency Inpe on Saturday, citing satellite images, there were 6803 forest fires in the region in July this year, compared to 5318 in the same month last year. This corresponds to an increase of 28 percent.
On July 30 alone, there were more than a thousand forest fires, explained Inpe. It is the highest number of forest fires in just one day in July in 15 years.
According to the environmental organization Greenpeace, the number of forest fires in indigenous peoples increased by 77 percent compared to the same month last year. Accordingly, there was a 50 percent increase in nature reserves.
Forest fires are often triggered by illegal clearing. Inpe had already reported record deforestation for June of this year. The dry season in the Amazon region begins in June, when many fires break out.
Environmentalists have long warned that 2020 could be the most destructive year for the world’s largest rainforest. They directly blame the policies of the far-right head of state Jair Bolsonaro, whom they accuse of favoring illegal clearing.
Bolsonaro doubts human responsibility for climate change. The head of state has already drastically cut the financial and human resources for environmental protection.