Wildfires – Brazil
The number of wildfires blackening tracts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged last month, reaching a level 25% higher from January through October than in the same period of 2019.
And the 17,326 hot spots observed this October were more than double the number during the same month last year.
Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research also observed a record number of blazes farther south in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, which extends across Brazil’s borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. The World Wildlife Fund and other environmental organizations blame the blazes on the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, who promotes opening both regions of the country to logging and farming.