Aug 20, 2019

Amazon fires: Brazilian rainforest burning at record rate, space agency warns

Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country's space research agency. Smoke from the fires caused a blackout in the city of Sao Paulo on Monday. The daytime blackout, which lasted for about an hour during, came after strong winds brought in smoke from forest fires burning in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia, more than 2,700km away. The satellite images showed Brazil's most northern state, Roraima, covered in dark smoke, while neighbouring Amazonas declared an emergency over the fires. The reports of a rise in forest fires come amid criticism over Mr Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

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