Triple fires in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands by 2020 compared to 2019 – world news | Instant News


The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland in the world, nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday.

The Brazilian national space agency, INPE, identified 3,506 fires from January 1 to July 22 in the Pantanal, a 192 percent increase from 2019 and the largest during the period since records began in 1998.

This trend is even more troubling given that 2019 has seen a sixfold increase in fires in the region throughout the full year.

The current map of the Pantanal space body shows a red dot rash that represents a fire.

The Pantanal, which stretches from Brazil to Paraguay and Bolivia, is home to an extraordinary wealth of biodiversity.

It sits on the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, which has also been hit by severe fires so far this year.

Last month was the worst June for forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon in 13 years, with 2,248 of them.

Environmentalists accuse Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, skeptical of right-wing climate change, of attacking the country’s vital natural resources with policies that promote agriculture and mining on protected land.

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