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Number of forest fires in the Amazon drops to record low

The number of forest fires in the Amazon basin in the North of Brazil is decreased according to the authorities in October to a record minimum. The Brazilian Institute for space research (Inpe) gave the number of forest fires in the area for the past month with 7855. So few forest fires in the Amazon rain forest in October since records began in 1998.

The Institute of forest fires in Brazil each month on the Basis of satellite images. An explanation for the lower number of fires, Inpe reported. In September, the number of forest fires was located in the area around 60 per cent higher.

Brazil's ultra-right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro was adopted in August under massive international pressure, a 60-day ban on the Burning of forest land in the rain forest. In November, Inpe counted so far, nearly a thousand forest fires in the Amazon basin.

increase in the Pantanal

In the Brazilian Pantanal, the largest swamp area in the world, registered Inpe, meanwhile, are the worst fires for years. In October alone, there were, therefore, 2430 fires - more than 20 Times as many as in the same month last year, when only 120 fires were counted. Worse, the situation was only in October 2002, as 2761 fire were registered. About 122'000 hectares of Land are affected by the current fires.

The Pantanal also extends to the state of Mato Grosso and the neighbouring countries of Bolivia and Paraguay. In the species-rich Ecosystem, there are 500 bird and 260 species of fish as well as many mammals and water plants. (sda/red)

Created: 05.11.2019, 08:24 PM

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