Brazil's Environmentalists Worry Fire Season Will Worsen Amazon's Deforestation

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A year ago, there was an international outcry over his surge in the number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon. Now, as fire season gets underway there, the rainforest is facing the threat of even more destruction in the first ten days of this month more than ten thousand fires were detected NPR's Philip. Reeve says that number's up from last year? Fosse's in the Amazon is off to a terrible start. Brazil's environmentalists worried it's president is not thoroughfares starting. Yard Four. Judah. Story that Amazon is going up in flames is alive says Boston. We must combat this with true numbers. He says, the numbers that Boston auto dismisses the Lai come from satellite data collected by Brazil's space research agency. These show fires in the first ten days of this month are up on the same time last year by seventeen percent. There's also plenty of evidence on the ground them European neo a scenario. Dave. Dave still being. Bunch English Niche Flavio Terracini lives in Porta value a city in the Amazon state of from Bonia he teaches biology local university Tennessee on his porch when NPR reaches him by WHATSAPP, all signal and the key advice you fall off came on the forest, the Muslim. He says, he's holding pieces of burned leaves in his hand drifted in from the forest. He can see a lot of smoke on the horizon. He says, it's making the some red here in on a pool. There are fires all around us ash is falling in our homes or Richard Doug, every year Jane Dwyer is an American born Catholic nun who's taken Brazilian nationality. On Apu is a small town in the forest by a river that eventually flows into the Amazon. She's been there for decades helping impoverished farmers protect their land rights. Sister Dwyer says, the fires there haven't yet reached frightening levels but what is frightening is that the forest is coming now she's talking about illegal loggers even pandemic that cutting down trees dwyer says, she can hear them. We can hear it. We live where where the road is they take down in during the day and at night, the trucks are going every single night last August was the worst month for five is in the Brazilian Amazon in nearly a decade. Many of these are deliberately set by farmers clearing already deforested land for cattle. Deforestation rose in the twelve months to July third on the year before. So this Moorland to burn. International pressure on both NATO is growing foreign investors a threatening to pull funds from Brazil unless he does a far better job of protecting the forest most scenario is defending his government's performance Nasi you. And? We're doing a tremendous amount. He says. He punched to the fact that deforestation dipped for the month of July in May Boston narrow sent thousands of troops to the forest to help police it. It's too soon to save. That's making a difference since taking office Bolsonaro has weakened government environmental protection agencies. And the Alan Carr of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute believes the army lacks the expertise to protect the Amazon. We have institutions that have been dealing with the have a strategy to that. So when you give that job to another institution, it seems like it has to start everything again with the willed focused on the corona virus pandemic environmentalists fair the destruction in the Amazon won't get the attention. It deserves sister Jane thinks in her part of the forest this year it'll be even worse areas where there's more far coming down this year than last. So the fires will be worse put breeze NPR news reddish

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