Record num­ber of for­est fires in Brazil

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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.”

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