Brazil: July surge in Amazon fires raises fears of repeat of 2019

Al Jazeera | Aug 2, 2020 at 1:06 PM
  • The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest jumped 28 percent in July from a year ago, official data shows, as environmentalists warned a jump this week could signal a repeat of last year’s surging destruction of the world’s largest rainforest.
  • The fires are largely set to clear land illegally for farming, ranching and mining.
  • The first six months of 2020 were the worst on record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with 3,069 square kilometres (1,185 square miles) cleared.