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In Brazil, the areas burned almost doubled over one year in November

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Fires ravaged 775,000 hectares in Brazil in November, an increase of 89% compared to the same month last year, says a report compiled by several NGOs, released on Wednesday.

The Amazon, a paradise on fire

And 81% of this scorched land is in the Amazon, said MapBiomas, a consortium of NGOs, Brazilian universities and start-ups using satellite images to assess the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and other parts of the world. Brazil.

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“These data confirm the increase in environmental destruction in the last months of the government (of President Jair) Bolsonaro”the platform said in a statement.

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The fires in the Amazon worsened with the coming to power in 2019 of the far-right president, a supporter of the development of agriculture and mining activities in this part of the country.

He was beaten on October 30 by former left-wing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will take office in January. Lula promised to fight to achieve a “zero deforestation” in Brazil. For MapBiomas, the increase in fires in November is all the more worrying as this month normally corresponds to the rainy season.

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“This is clearly a reaction anticipating more effective policies in the fight against deforestation and fires from the new government”said Ane Alencar, coordinator at MapBiomas and scientific director of the Institute for Environmental Research of the Amazon (IPAM).

With the November figures, the area burned during the first eleven months of the year reaches 15.9 million hectares, slightly less than the area of ​​Tunisia. This represents an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year.

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