2,000 New Fires Have Started in The Amazon

Environment Desk
2 September 2019, Mon
Published: 06:43

2,000 New Fires Have Started in The Amazon

New fires continue to crop up in the Amazon rain forest despite the Brazilian government's most recent efforts to stop the deforestation of the region.

The National Space Research Institute published satellite data showing that in the 48 hours after the Brazilian government's ban on burning, issued Thursday, there were 3,859 new fire outbreaks, roughly 2,000 of which were in the Amazon, according to a story in the Daily Mail.

The institute also reported that of the 88,816 fires in Brazil this year through August, 51.9% occurred in the rainforest.

August saw global outrage erupt over the fires raging in the Amazon, with social-media posts from celebrities drawing attention to the issue. Brazil, however, has pushed back against the reports, downplaying the news and at times denying help.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his country would accept $20 million in aid from the G7 economic alliance on the condition that French President Emmanuel Macron apologize for calling him rude

Most of the fires have been set by farmers on purpose to make room for their crops and pastures. Indigenous people of the region have seen their land disappear at an alarming rate.

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