Drone footage reveals desolation of Amazon fires

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Published on August 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s

Drone footage reveals desolation of Amazon fires

A few charred trees are all that remain in this patch of the Amazon after it was ravaged by fires, a sombre scene which has angered the international community as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

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Drone footage reveals desolation of Amazon fires

Amid a global chorus of concern and condemnation, Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro pledged in an address to the nation to mobilise the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas.

Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world's largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.

Environmentalists have warned that his controversial plans for more agriculture and mining in the region will speed up deforestation.

The Brazilian space agency INPE has registered 72,843 fires this year, the highest number since records began in 2013.

More than 9,500 have been spotted by satellites over the past week.

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