Record number of forest fires in Brazil
2 Brazil experienced more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned that 2017 could surpass the worst year on record if action is not taken soon.
Experts say that the blazes are almost exclusively due to human activity, and they attribute the uptick to the expansion of agriculture and a reduction of oversight and surveillance.
The National Institute of Space Research (INPE) detected 106,000 fires destroying natural vegetation last month – the highest number in a single month since records began in 1998, said Alberto Setzer, coordinator of INPE’s fire monitoring satellite programme. He said: “It is fundamental to understand that these are not natural fires. They are man-made.”