Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

India Today | Aug 2, 2020 at 5:55 AM
  • Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, up from 5,318 the year before.
  • 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 kilometers (1,185 square miles) cleared.