Heavy smoke billowed over Brazil’s Amazon jungle as the fire roamed the Brazilian rainforest, discarded trees spewed across the scorched earth like dead matches, scorched and black.

Fires in Brazil’s rainforest increased in August due to the rise of extremes and far higher than the historic average for the third year in a row this month under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, according to government data released this week.

Satellites recorded 28.060 fires in Brazil’s Amazon region in August – a decrease of 4% from the same month in 2020, when fire levels were probably at their highest level in a decade according to Brazil’s National Space Research Agency (AISR).

All this was last seen ten years ago, before Bolsonaro came to power.

The right-wing president was widely criticized for pushing development in the Amazon while undermining environmental conservation.

Scientists fear the rapid rate of destructive storms could sabotage global attempts to combat climate change.

The former army chief has attempted to curb indigenous land rights — which protect vast parts of rainforest — disempowered environmental officials by passing enforcement responsibility on to the military, which has failed to prevent destruction.

2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires

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The 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires season saw a year-to-year surge in fires occurring in the Amazon rainforest and Amazon biome within Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, (wikipedia)

Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Messias Bolsonaro is a Brazilian politician and retired military officer who has been the 38th president of Brazil since 1 January 2019. (wikipedia)

Amazon (company)

Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. (wikipedia)