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NOVO PROGRESSO: A year ago this month, Novo Progresso was engulfed in wildfires around the city – Brazil’s first major blot in the Amazon’s dry season that eventually led to more than 100,000 fires and the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect Seen global resentment against. Rainforests.
This year, President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to control the waters – usually initiated by local farmers to free land for cattle or to grow soybeans, one of Brazil’s top exports. He imposed a four-month ban on most fires and sent forces to stop and fight Blaze.
But this week the smoke around Novo Progreso is so thick again that police report that motorists have crashed because they cannot see.
Wreathing Novo Progreso in the form of smoke, this year’s burning season can determine whether Bolsonaro, a pro-Amazon supporter of over-farming and renching, is ready and able to stop the fire.
Experts say the blazes are pushing the world’s largest rainforest toward a shifting point, after which it will close to generate enough rain to sustain itself, and about two-thirds of the forest in the tropical savanna Will begin an irreversible, decades-long decline.
But residents of businessman Claudio Herculano, such as Novo Progreso, believe the city has flourished over the years in the region.
“It hurts anyone to breathe this air,” said 68-year-old Herculano. “I have a small house, and I am a little worried that it might be destroyed. But everybody here is looking for better days, and we know what speeds this economy gets. ”
Bolsonaro is sending mixed signals: He defeated an army-led operation to fight the Amazon destruction in May, but then this month he denied that the area’s trees could catch fire. Speaking at a video summit about Amazon with fellow South American leaders, he avoided a year-over-year decrease in July’s deforestation figures, leaving aside the fact that it has not been a part of anyone since 2015. Also had the third largest reading for the month.
“The story that the Amazon is burning is a lie,” he claimed, even as smoke from more than 1,100 fires erupted in the area that day. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, reporters from the Associated Press did not see a single soldier in or around Novo Progreso.
And this year, according to Paulo Barreto, a forest engineer and deforestation researcher at the environmental group Imazon, more fires could occur than last time.
At the beginning of the Amazon dry season, in July, more trees were felled, noting that deforestation from August 2019 to July jumped 34% before 12 months, according to preliminary data from the Brazilian Space Agency.
Usually, after felting, the next stage is burning, usually without the necessary authorization – since this is a much easier and cheaper method than using heavy machinery to clean brushes and trees. In addition, the forest area was degraded by logging – which is more vulnerable to wildfires than the original forest – an increase of 465 percent.

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