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Amazon has the highest number of fires since 2010
Smoke from the Amazon fires covers the sun in Manaus, Brazil
Smoke from the Amazon fires covers the sun in Manaus, Brazil Credit: Alberto Cesar Araujo/Amazônia Real)

Data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) shows that the number of hot spots recorded in the Amazon so far in 2020 is the highest for the period since 2010. In 2020, 56,425 fires were recorded in the region, an increase of 6% in relation to the same period of the previous year.

In 2010 the satellites used by INPE detected 72,946 hot spots in the biome between January 1st and September 9th.

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After record deforestation, Brazilian government exonerates responsible for monitoring the Amazon
Amazon fires captured from the ISS on August 24, 2019.
Amazon fires captured from the ISS on August 24, 2019. Credit: ESA / NASA – L. Parmitano (Public Domain)

Amidst the highest rates of deforestation in the Amazon in the last five years, the Brazilian government exonerated Lubia Vinhas, the researcher responsible for monitoring forest devastation at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Last Friday, the institute published on its website the data on Amazon deforestation for June, pointing out that the pace of growth has been maintained. The Brazilian government is under pressure from foreign investors to control the problem.

Luiza Lima, from Greenpeace Brazil, said: "But it will not be hiding, putting makeup on the data or investing in advertising that the government will change reality. And this happens for a very simple reason: (Jair) Bolsonaro does not want to change the direction of his policy, after all, destruction is his project. from the government".

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Amazon fires are the highest for June since 2007
Amazon fires captured from the ISS on August 24, 2019.
Amazon fires captured from the ISS on August 24, 2019. Credit: ESA / NASA – L. Parmitano (Public Domain)

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) announced the detection of 2,248 fire spots in the Amazon during June. The number is the highest recorded for the month since 2007. Also, with an average of 75 fires a day, June 2020 saw an increase of 20% compared to the same period in the previous year.

Activists say the Covid-19 outbreak exacerbates the problem, as they believe arson is likely to be even less monitored while authorities are dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Forest fires in Brazil are mainly started deliberately by illegal loggers and farmers wanting to quickly clear ground.

Historically, fire spots in the rainforest increase throughout the dry season, from July to September.