The Amazon rainforest in Sao Paulo, Brazil is burning at a rapid pace in Brazil, raising a question about the Brazilian Government’s land policies and management.
The matter became a serious one as the Amazon rainforest is popularly known as the “lungs of the planet” and is one of the major factors in balancing global warming.
The people of Brazil blamed the Government for the fires, which destroyed the Amazon rainforest, resulting in more global warming. The trees in the Amazon rainforest help to keep global warming under control, with the photosynthesis process. The Amazon covers a total of 2.1 million square miles and produces 20 % of oxygen on Earth.
However, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) stated, “There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average.”
Alberto Setzer, an INPE researcher, addressed the media and said, “The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”
The people of Brazil alleged the Brazilian Government used the land of the rainforest and started a land clearing operation to convert the forest into agricultural land.
According to the INPE’s data, deforestation increased in the Amazon in 2019. In August 2019, approximately 1,330 square miles of rainforest was lost due to deforestation, which is 40 % higher than in 2018.
According to sources, Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, favours increased agricultural and mining development in the Amazon. However, Bolsonaro denied the allegations and deemed the facts and figures false. He also fired Ricardo Galvao, a physicist who was the director of the INPE.
Confused about the reason behind the fires, a physicist said, “The dry season certainly adds to fires, but we had more intense dry seasons in the past . . . and never experienced such big fires.”
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