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Amazon Is Going Up In Smoke

This year, 2020, is shaping up to be another destructive year for the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Deforestation — a grim precursor to the fires used to clear the land for development — has increased significantly, according to observers. And many experts fear the region could see a repeat of the rampaging wildfires of last August and September. Satellite data released by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research {INPE} on August 1 showed more than 6,800 fires across the Amazon territory in July alone, an increase of 28 percent compared to last year. More than 10,000 fires were recorded in the first 10 days of this month, up 17 percent from the same period last year, according to INPE. Last year’s deforestation toll on the world’s biggest rainforest was an estimated 3,800 square miles, roughly 1/10th the size of Kerala. That’s the highest level since 2008, according to INPE. With increased deforestation comes a greater risk of wildfires, since many of those that ravaged the rainforest last year spread from land being cleared for illegal mining, agriculture and cattle ranching. Although our lands are separated by 9,200 miles, the draft EIA 2020 proves that in ringing the death knell of our planet; our nations could not but be closer.