Wildfires in Brazil

Fires have engulfed Brazil’s Pantanal, a vital tropical wetland, a haven for endangered species and home to Indigenous communities. According to Luciana Leite, a biologist and climate campaigner, the fire’s spread was accelerated by the loss of surface water, with a shocking 74% decrease since 1985. Rodrigo Agostinho, president of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, highlighted the installation of over 500 small hydroelectric power plants in the Upper Paraguay river basin as being to blame for the water sparsity. These ...


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