The Amazon is suffocating from the fires: August was the worst in the last 12 years

The Amazon is suffocating from the fires: August was the worst in the last 12 years
The Amazon is suffocating from the fires: August was the worst in the last 12 years

His department Amazon at Brazil experienced the worst August from 2010 as an increase in forestry was recorded fires against 18% compared to the corresponding month last year.

Satellites of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) detected 33,116 fires in the Amazon last month, compared to 28,060 in August 2021.

August is usually the most critical for forest fires in its heartland dry season.

On August 22 alone, no less than 3,348 homes· this is the highest daily number since September 2007.

It’s a number triple as of August 10, 2019, the so-called “day of fire,” when Brazilian farmers had engaged in widespread burning to clear fields in the northeastern part of the country. The smoke had reached as far as São Paulo (south), 2,500 kilometers away. The international community had strongly condemned the events of that day.

Their first eight months of the year, INPE identified overall 46,022 fires. Their number is increased by 16% compared to the January-August period of 2021.

As far as this month is concerned, so many fire outbreaks had been detected in twelve years (in 2010, 45,018 were detected).

From 2010 to date, the four worst numbers for that month correspond to the four years of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s term (30,900 in 2019, 29,307 in 2020, 28,060 in 2021 and 33,116 in 2022). Mr Bolsonaro will seek a new term in office in October.

“The rampant increase in the number of fires in these last four years is closely linked to the increase in deforestation,” explains Mariana Napolitano of the Brazilian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

“The Amazon forest is tropical and humid. Fire is not part of his nature cycle. Fires are not nativeare always due to human actions,” he continues.

According to experts, fires are mainly caused by farmers where land up illegally lands burning trees.

THE deforestation of the Amazon forest has also reached climax of in Brazil, with 3,988 square kilometers to be deforested in the first half of the year alone, a record extent since INPE’s Deter satellite surveillance system began collecting data in 2016.


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