Greenpeace Brazil released dramatic photos of rainforest fires currently burning in the Brazilian Amazon
The images show agricultural lands, pasture and forests in the states of Rondônia, Mato Grosso, and Pará going up in flames. Some of the fires appear to be burning forests with well-developed canopy structure, suggesting that carbon-dense and biodiverse forests are being directly impacted by the fires.
Greenpeace says its own spatial analysis indicates that 15,749 of the 23,006 hotspots it recorded in the Amazon in the first 20 days of the month were in areas that were forest in 2017. A quarter of the hotspots registered last week occurred in conservation areas or officially recognized indigenous territories, according to the group.
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