Experts fear that this year the scale of forest fires in Brazil will exceed last year.
In the Brazilian Amazon, a record number of forest fires was recorded over 13 years, BBC News reports on Thursday, July 2, according to the National Space Research Institute, in June – at the very beginning of the dry season – about 2.3 thousand fires were recorded. This is 20% more than in 2019: then there were 1880 fires.
It is noted that the situation is exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Brazilians are forced to be more isolated at home, which significantly reduces control over the forest area. As a result, a serious increase in the number of arsons to clean up areas for agriculture is likely. At the same time, fires damage not only the environment but also ordinary people: in particular, smoke can weaken the lungs of a person who has become infected with the coronavirus.
Researchers fear that with this beginning, by the end of the dry season, the situation may be worse than last year.
Recall, due to the inaction of local authorities in the fight against forest fires in the Amazon in the past year, the EU postponed the signing of a trade agreement with Brazil.
At a summit in France, G7 leaders agreed to establish a $ 20 million fund to deal with fires in the Amazon rainforest. However, Brazil refused to help.