Aumentan 28% en julio los incendios en el Amazonas en Brasil
August 4, 2020 - El número de incendios en el bosque tropical del Amazonas en Brasil aumentó 28% en julio frente al año pasado, según El Instituto Nacional Investigación Espacial (INPE), amenazando con repetir la enorme destrucción del mayor bosque tropical del mundo en 2019.
INPE, which is responsible for monitoring Brazil, said it recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon rainforest last month, compared to 5,318 in the same month of 2019.
Environmentalists expressed concern at the rise because August traditionally marks the beginning of the fire season in the region. They fear Brazil could repeat the surge seen in fires last August, when 30,900 fires were recorded by the institute.
The sharp increase in fires comes amid domestic and international concern over President Jair Bolsonaro’s calls to clear land in Brazil’s Amazon to drive economic development.
Addressing those concerns, on July 16, the government banned burning in the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon forest for four months. Bolsonaro also issued an order in May for the military to coordinate environmental actions in the Amazon.
But experts said the fire numbers indicate the government’s response is not being effective and also point to the possibility that this year’s dry season will be even more prone to fires than last year.