Jul 2, 2020

Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

AFP Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose by almost 20% in June - a 13-year high for the month, according to government data. Many forest fires in the country are started deliberately by illegal loggers and farmers wanting to quickly clear ground. In June, the country's National Institute for Space Research recorded 2,248 fires using satellite imagery, as opposed to 1,880 fires in June 2019. Last year's fires peaked in August, with 30,901 - threefold the number for the same period the previous year. The 2019 fires led to protests domestically and internationally, with threats of financial penalties from foreign governments, and broad condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

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