Sep 6, 2019

Are fires in the Amazon and elsewhere getting worse?

South American countries are meeting in Colombia to discuss how to respond to the fires that have spread across the Amazon basin. Is the scale of these fires unprecedented, or have there been years in which they have been more extensive? We have concluded that although fires this year have wrought significant damage to the environment, they have been worse in the past. The number of fires between January and August 2019 is double that of the same period last year, data from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research suggests. According to data analysed by Global Forest Watch, fires in DR Congo and Zambia are just above average for the season but have been higher in past years.

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