According to Imazon, 582 square kilometers of trees were felled in a year. Pollution of the smoke endangered the health of the population, but the Amazonas state government has invested in agribusiness with the Safra Plan.
More than 11,000 fires in just one region of the Brazilian Amazon this year
While climate change can certainly exacerbate drought conditions, leading to more frequent wildfires, this year’s ferocious fire season might also have been heavily influenced by the El Niño event developing in the Pacific Ocean.
Smoke from fires of October in Manaus was seen from space
Landsat system images, from NASA, let you see how the skyline of Manaus went gray in the last days of the month, at the peak of the hottest season in the northern region of Brazil.
Fires in Brazil: More smoke on the horizon of the Amazon
Twelve thousand spots registered: this is already the year with the highest number of fires detected in the state of Amazonas, from the start of series history, in 1998.
95% more burnings and forest fires in September in Amazonas state, Brazil
In 21 of the 62 municipalities of Amazonas State, the fire situation is critical, including registration of endangered animals dead. Manaus dawns with strong smoke haze.
Fire attacks six thousand hectares of vegetation on two Amazonian states of Brazil
The fire affected the Tenharim-Marmelos Indigenous Reserve and the National Park of the Amazon Fields, between the states of Rondonia and Amazonas. Until last Saturday were destroyed six thousand hectares of vegetation.
With drought and hottest year in the history, fires rise 60% in Brazil
Were 183,000 fires detected by satellite throughout the year, 60% more than in 2013, when the number of fires had reached the lowest value since 2000.
BBC: Amazon deforestation linked to drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Researcher says that the normal flow of cool and wet air from the Amazon to southern Brazil was interrupted by the clearing and burning of forests.
Discovery: Amazon Rainforest Seen Burning From Space
It’s alarming to see this photo taken in August by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, which shows multiple fires raging in South America’s Amazon rainforest, where for years farmers have been burning down trees to clear land.
Herencia: In August 1449 fire hot spots in the Northern Amazon region of Bolivia
The northern of department of Beni had the highest number of hot spots with 686, followed by La Paz with 599, and Pando had 204 hot spots.