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Forest Fires Within the Amazon Are Producing Smoke That Can Be Seen from Space

Forest fires within the Amazon are producing smoke that can be seen from space and will have caused a blackout in the daytime more than 1,700 miles away within the country’s largest city.

Amid the day on Monday, the sky above Sao Paulo was enveloped by smoke from the wildfires raging within the Amazon area, according to native media reports. The smoke rising from some of these wildfires was additionally captured in satellite photographs launched by NASA last week.

Reuters reported the Amazon rainforest had experienced a report variety of fires this year, citing new data released by the nation’s area agency The National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The agency stated its satellite data detected more than 72,000 fires since January, an 83% rise over the same period of 2018.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently fired the area company’s director, brushed off the information, telling Reuters it was associated to the time of year when farmers use fire to clear the land.

The firing got here after Bolsonaro criticized INPE deforestation information which confirmed a significant increase in illegal logging, claiming officers had manipulated figures to make his administration look bad. The INPE discovered 370 square miles of Amazon forest had been lost in June—an 88% increase from the same month last year.

After taking office in January, the administration of Bolsonaro has continuously clashed with environmentalists and others over presumably opening up the Amazon rainforest to growth and agribusiness.

Ricardo Mello, Head, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Amazon Program, stated the BBC the fires were “a consequence of the rise in deforestation seen in recent figures.”

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