- Title: Charred earth and desolation. Drone reveals aftermath of Amazon fires
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: RONDONIA, BRAZIL (AUGUST 24, 2019) (MUTE) (REUTERS) CHARRED TREES STANDING IN AREA OF AMAZON THAT WAS DESTROYED BY WILDFIRES SMOKE ABOVE THE AMAZON SMOKE RISING ABOVE AREA OF AMAZON LEFT DESOLATE FROM FIRES SMOKE ABOVE AMAZON CHARRED AREA OF AMAZON, SMOKE COMING FROM BURNT SHRUBS AND TREES CHARRED EARTH AND BURNT TREES GENERAL VIEW OF SMOKE RISING FROM AREA OF AMAZON AERIAL VIEW OF AMAZON THAT HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY FIRES LAYER OF SMOKE ABOVE AMAZON AERIAL VIEW OF DIRT PATH THROUGH AMAZON AND PATCH WHERE TREES WERE CLEARED PATCH IN AMAZON WITH CLEARED TREES VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM AMAZON
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 23:58
- Keywords: Amazon fire environment wildfires President Jair Bolsonaro
- Location: RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- City: RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATUWW1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A few charred trees are all that remain in this patch of the Amazon after it was ravaged by fires, a sombre scene which has angered the international community as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.
Amid a global chorus of concern and condemnation, Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro pledged in an address to the nation to mobilise the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas.
Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world's largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.
Environmentalists have warned that his controversial plans for more agriculture and mining in the region will speed up deforestation.
The Brazilian space agency INPE has registered 72,843 fires this year, the highest number since records began in 2013. More than 9,500 have been spotted by satellites over the past week.
Although fires are a regular and natural occurrence during the dry season at this time of year, environmentalists blamed the jump on farmers clearing land for pasture.
Farmers may have had at least tacit encouragement from the firebrand right-wing president, who took power in January.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he believes Brazil should open up the Amazon to business interests, allowing mining, agricultural and logging companies to exploit its natural resources.
(Production: Leonardo Benassatto)
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