Fears grow for Brazilian Amazon as thousands of fires burn in July

Euronews | Aug 2, 2020 at 10:22 AM
  • The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon rose 28% last month compared to July 2019, according to satellite data released Saturday, fuelling fears that the world’s largest rainforest could be devastated by fires again this year.
  • Brazil’s National Space Institute, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, compared with 5,318 the previous year.
  • The fires are mainly aimed at illegally clearing land to make way for agriculture, cattle breeding or mining.