See a real-time map of all the fires burning down the Amazon

See a real-time map of all the fires burning down the Amazon

"Earlier this year Amnesty International documented illegal land invasions and arson attacks near Indigenous territories in the Amazon, including Rondônia state where numerous fires are raging".

The blackout was caused by strong winds that blew smoke across from the smouldering forest in the state of Amazonas and Rondonia - in some cases more than 2,000 miles away - to Brazil's largest city. More than half of those fires took place in the Amazon region, which marks an 80 percent increase compared with the same period previous year. That may sound hyperbolic, but it's only because this kind of damage to the planet can be irreparable and speed up already catastrophic climate change predictions.

From January to August, 72,843 fires started in Brazil, compared to 39,759 in the whole of 2018, according to figures from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and these fires have been most numerous in states occupied partially or fully by the Amazon rainforest.

"But accusing me of being a Captain Nero setting fire to things is irresponsible".


Whilst wildfires aren't uncommon during the dry season on Brazil, they are also being deliberately started by people who want to illegally deforest areas for use of farming.

The pact requires Brazil to abide by the Paris climate accord, which Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of, and also aims to end illegal deforestation, including in the Brazilian Amazon. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire. It's also home to approximately three million species of plants and animals (that we know of) and around one million indigenous people whose lives are at risk.

AFP reported that Bolsonaro suggested the fires were set because his government had cut the funding to several NGOs.

He argued that it was the season of the "queimada", when farmers burn land to clear it before planting but Inpe has noted that the number of fires is not in line with those normally reported during the dry season.


"Even out here in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean I hear about the record amount of devastating fires in the Amazon", tweeted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is on yacht voyage to NY.

But then, without any evidence, he later claimed that the fires were caused by "criminal action by those NGOs, to call attention against me, against the Brazilian government".

A group called Amazon Watch on Twitter has said that this is an global tragedy and that we can help by supporting the courageous resistance of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and to make clear to the agribusinesses & financiers involved in the destruction that we won't buy their products.

Bolsonaro says there has been a world war against Brazil over the stance taken by the current administration, which has publicly criticized European nations. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has been tracking the fires since 2013 and has noted that there has been an 80% increase in comparison to the same period a year ago.


The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, weeks after telling donors he did not need their money.

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