Humans Started Record-Breaking Fires in the Amazon Rainforest, According to Environmentalists

Humans Started Record-Breaking Fires in the Amazon Rainforest, According to Environmentalists

Humans Started Record-Breaking Fires in the Amazon Rainforest, According to Environmentalists

So far this year, the National Institute For Space Research (INPE), has detected 72,843 forest fires burning in Brazil - the highest number since records began in 2013.

Many are also calling out Bolsonaro's policies and his anti-environment rhetoric, saying that they emboldened loggers, miners and farmers. "It's very rare to have fires starting naturally in the Amazon", says Weisse. While a year ago we wrote new headlines almost every week about the many massive fires holding the West in their clutches, there has been little to talk about this summer.

Ricardo Mello, head of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Amazon Programme, said the fires were "a outcome of the increase in deforestation seen in recent figures".

In images recently released by Copernicus, a European Union satellite program, it showed smokes blanketing Brazil and even stretching across the entire South American continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean.

On Monday afternoon, smoke from several wildfires in the Amazon caused a mid-day blackout in Brazil's largest city almost 2,700 kilometers away.

That's the gist of an announcement this week by the country's National Institute for Space Research, or INPE.

Indeed, the fires in the region are largely caused by slash-and-burn techniques used to transform forest areas into areas for cultivation and livestock or to clear already deforested areas.

Demi Lovato shared two Instagram Story posts - a screenshot of Ariana's post and another that read, "The Amazon has been burning for 3 weeks, and I'm just finding out because of the lack of media coverage".

The former army captain turned politician said the slashing of NGO funding by his government could be a motive. However, when asked for evidence to support that theory, he had none to provide, and said, "that's not how it's done", as per Reuters.

"So, there could be".

"Maybe - I am not affirming it - these [NGO people] are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the Government of Brazil", Mr Bolsonaro told reporters.

A group called Amazon Watch on Twitter has said that this is an worldwide tragedy and that we can help by supporting the courageous resistance of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and to make clear to the agribusinesses & financiers involved in the destruction that we won't buy their products.

Wildfires are common in the dry season and the weather has not been abnormal, so deforestation is the main suspected cause for the dramatic increase in deforestation and subsequent spread of wildfires.

Although rainfall is slightly lower than average this year the climate is normal, INPE researcher Alberto Setzer noted.

It comes as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's stance on the environment.

The video shows harrowing, apocalyptic footage of the burning rainforest, a rainforest that is responsible for 20% of the Earth's oxygen, ostensibly slowing down the pace of global warming.

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