The Amazon rainforest fire is still raging on, and new research shows an 84 percent from fires in the same period last year.
Preisdent Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is facing increasing pressure to take fire against the illegal deforestation fires in the Amazon rainforest. Although dry fires are not uncommon in the area, they are also started deliberately in order to clear land for cattle ranching.
The fires have spread across a vast area of the forest, and caused a complete stop to the city of Sao Paulo due to choking smoke from 3000km away.
The smoke is even visible in space.
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research says that this is a record breaking number of fires across the Amazon. There are 83 percent more fires this time around than in the same period last year. More than 74,000 fires have been detected between January and August. More than 9500 forest fires were detected just since Thursday. Comparitively, 2018 saw 40,000 fires.
The forest is home to thousands of indigenous tribes comprising a million people and 3 million of species. The fire threatens all their existences.
President Jair Bolsonaro recently sacked the head of the National Institute for Space Research over deforestation data. However, he was also reported by Reuters to have shrugged off recent data. He called it the “season of the queimada (land clearing season)”, and said, “I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame.”
This article will be updated with more information periodically.
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