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December 06, 2019
In August, around the peak of the so-called "queimadas" as the burning season here is known, the number...
RIO PARDO, Brazil
Pictures of the Year: Fires in the Amazon: a barrier to climate change up in smoke
In August, around the peak of the so-called "queimadas" as the burning season here is known, the number of fires in Brazil's Amazon jumped to its highest since 2010. Fire is not natural in the Amazon. Virgin rainforest, no matter how fierce the sun, is too wet to catch alight. If the forest burns it is almost always because of humans. In August, around the peak of the so-called "queimadas" as the burning season here is known, the number of fires in Brazil's Amazon jumped to its highest since 2010. Fire is the second stage in clearing the forest, usually for raising cattle. First, choice woods are cut and sold, then the rest is burned. It is cheap, it is effective, and it is hard to catch those responsible. Cutting down the forest is illegal without permission, and using fire is against the law except in exceptional circumstances. Yet fire is changing the landscape. The latest data from August 2018 through July 2019 showed more rainforest was cleared than at any point in the past 11 years. An area larger than Puerto Rico was cut down. Preliminary figures suggest the rate has increased since.REUTERS/ SEARCH "AMAZON POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2019 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: GLOBAL-POY/AMAZON
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