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Number of Fires in the Brazilian Amazon Increased Significantly During October

Data from Brazilian government’s space research agency INPE revealed on Tuesday morning that fires in the country’s Amazon rainforest surged in October and the number of blazes is up 25 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to 2019.

Data from Brazilian government’s space research agency INPE revealed on Tuesday morning that fires in the country’s Amazon rainforest surged in October and the number of blazes is up 25 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to 2019.

In a 4-page document, the INPE said it recorded 17,326 hot spots in the world’s largest rainforest in October, more than double the number of fires detected in the same month in 2019. 

The INPE also pointed out that destruction of the forest has soared since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019.

Advocacy group WWF-Brasil blamed the right-wing government for failing to stop those who cut down the forest. “With the rate of deforestation increasing in recent years, the government has ignored the warnings of researchers: deforestation and forest fires go together. 

After cutting down the forest, the criminals set fires to clean up the accumulated organic material” WWF-Brasil science manager Mariana Napolitano said in a statement.

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