Amazon rainforest burning at record rate according to researchers

Fires in the Amazon rainforest are taking place at record rates, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

The center say there has been an 80% increase compared to the previous period, with nearly 73,000 fires over the past year.

INPE, also said the dry season couldn’t be blamed for this huge rise.

INPE researcher Alberto Setzer said:

“There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average.
“The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”

The rainforest provides more than 20% of the Earth's oxygen.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected concerns saying that it was the season of “queimada" or when farmers use fire to clear land.

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