The number of wildfires in the Amazon region increased significantly in July. According to Brazilian government data, the number of fires increased by 26 percent in July this year compared to July last year. It has raised concerns about the recurrence of wildfires on Amazon in August and September of last year. This information has been revealed by the British media BBC report.
About 20 percent of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere originates in Amazon. According to the researchers, this forest absorbs 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. That is why it is called ‘Lungs of the Earth’. The Amazon’s role in slowing global warming is considered particularly important. The world’s longest forest is about half the size of the United States.
Amazon burned in an unprecedented fire in August and September last year. At the time, the Brazilian space agency National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said the fire doubled every minute of the Amazon to about 10,000 square meters, about the size of a football field (about 5,351 square meters). Environmentalists allege that President Zaire Bolsonaro’s pro-business policies of the government have increased deforestation. The rate of deforestation was the highest in the last 11 years.
Brazil’s National Space Agency recently analyzed satellite images and reported that forests are spreading again on the Amazon. There were 6,703 fires in July this year.
“It’s a terrible sign,” Anne Eleancher, director of science at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute in Brazil, told Reuters. We fear the situation will worsen in August. And the situation will get worse in September. ‘
Environmental groups and researchers have blamed wildlife and shepherds for the wildlife in Brazil. These fires are being made to clear forests for land use. And the country’s pro-business president, Jair Bolsonaro, is supporting it. Shortly after assuming power, he promised to increase agricultural and mining activity on the Amazon and open it for trade. He resolved to implement the pledge, ignoring international concerns about climate change and deforestation. According to INPE, deforestation has increased since Bolsonaro came to power.