Triple, the largest tropical swamp in the world Amazon fired 84% a year


Triple, the largest tropical swamp in the world Amazon fired 84% a year

The Brazilian National Space Agency says the number of wildfires in the world's largest tropical watershed Pantanal has tripled by 2020.


From January 1 to July 23, INPE detected 3,682 fires in the region, an increase of 201% compared to 2019. Covering an area of ​​140,000-160,000 square kilometers, it is home to thousands of species, including jaguars, anteaters, and migratory birds. Last month was the worst June in 13 years of fires in neighboring Amazon.

Wetlands are found in Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia and are one of the most biodiversity hotspots in the world. Piranhas, capuchin monkeys, green anacondas, and thousands of flora live in the river basin.
A satellite map published by Inaye shows the current flames in the Pantanal collected by satellites measuring 30 m long and 1 m wide.

Amazon fired 84% a year - the space company

The 3,682 fires found in the area are the highest since records were set in 1998. In 2018, there were a total of 277 fires in the area.

Members of the environmental network described the fire as "a social disaster" because in addition to economic damage and biodiversity loss, the fire also causes respiratory problems, eye irritation, and allergies, reports the Brazilian daily O Globo. The agency said 7,000 hectares were burned in two days as a result of "criminal activity" and "climatic factors".Although wildfires often occur in Brazil's arid climate, they are deliberately initiated in an attempt to illegally deforest livestock.

In the Bolivian Pantheon, the fight against fire is a complex coronavirus pandemic that limits the number of people who can safely manage it, explained Carlos Pinto of the Friends of Nature Foundation.

The Potential Observatory said it was releasing a radio broadcast and video to alert locals about the fire hazards. Earlier this month, President Zaire Bolsonaro banned fires in the Amazon region north of Pantanal for the next four months.

Environmentalists regularly accuse Bolsonaro of failing to protect the country's vast and valuable natural resources.

He alleged that NGOs started fires on Amazon last year.

Wildfires in the Brazilian Pantanal last year destroyed at least 50,000 hectares.

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