THE AMAZON IS BURNING: Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

The number of forest fires in Brazil surged in the first eight months of 2019, official data show, as President Jair Bolsonaro faces growing criticism over rampant destruction of the Amazon. Nearly 73,000 fires were recorded between January and August, compared with 39,759 in all of 2018, the embattled National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said late Monday. That is the highest number of forest fires for any year since 2013 and follows two years of declines. The Amazon Rainforest … Continue reading THE AMAZON IS BURNING: Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates