Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Amazon suffers the worst fires in ten years

The Brazilian Amazon region is suffering the worst fires in the last ten years, as reported this Saturday by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

In September, 41,282 fires were recorded, a figure without equal since September 2012. In September, the fire season ends, which covers from June to October.

In most cases, the fires have their origin in human action and seek to seize land from the jungle for cultivation and livestock.

However, it reduces the forest mass, key to retaining and processing CO2 and therefore vital to curb climate change.

Environmental protection is one of the key issues in the presidential elections this Sunday. President and candidate Jair Bolsonaro highlights the economic potential of the Amazon in agriculture and mining.

His rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has promised to strengthen environmental and climate protection. Lula is the clear favorite in the polls.

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