Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Amazon rainforest fire: How bad is it really? 2,500 fires in 48 hours | World | News

The Amazon rainforest has been hit by the most intense blazes for almost a decade. Brazil has had more than 72,000 fires this year, an 85 percent increase on the same period in 2018, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). However, images purported to be of the current fires in the rainforest have proved to be decades old or not even in the Amazon.

So how bad is the situation?

The official figures show more than 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year, half of them in the Amazon.

This is the highest number since 2013 and compares with 39,759 in all of 2018.

From Tuesday, August 20 to Thursday, August 22 more than 2,500 fires were active in the Brazilian rainforest.

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Plumes of smoke from the fires have spread across the Amazon region and beyond.

The heavy smoke caused a daytime blackout more than 2,000 miles away in Brazil’s largest city São Paulo on Monday.

Fires are common in the rainforest during the dry season and can be caused by various factors, including naturally occurring events, but also by farmers and loggers clearing land for crops or grazing.

There was a sharp rise in deforestation during July, which has been followed by extensive burning in August.

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Local newspapers say farmers in some regions are organising “fire days” to take advantage of weaker enforcement by the authorities.

Conservationists have blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, claiming he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land.

Cattle ranching is the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80 percent of current deforestation rates.

Amazon Brazil is home to approximately 200 million head of cattle, and is the largest exporter in the world, supplying about one-quarter of the global market.

The current events has sparked outrage among world leaders, who want the issue to be on top of the agenda at the upcoming G7 summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Our house is burning. Literally.

“The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire.

“It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon.”

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