The continuous flames in the Amazon rainforest are now so bad that the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite information demonstrated 84 percent increase on the same period in 2018. Over recent days, the world has been stunned by photographs of São Paulo, almost 2000 miles from the fires, totally in darkness in the middle of the afternoon due to ash. While these realities are shocking, and wildfires are common in the Amazon during the summer, specialists believe that the flames have been begun by people so as to deforest land for dairy cattle farming.
Another, shocking photograph of Brazil from the air uses red dots to demonstrate were significant fires are raging. The sheer amount of red on the photo isn’t the full story, but it demonstrates just how widespread and disastrous these fires are.
— John Gibbons (@think_or_swim) August 21, 2019
Reportedly, the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has “supported” farmers and loggers to start fires to clear the land. As indicated by researchers, the rainforest has been vanishing at a quickened rate since he took office in just January.
In 1944, Churchill described German atrocities as "a crime without a name". Soon after, the term 'genocide' was coined.
Today the Amazon is ablaze with thousands of fires started by land grabbers.🔥🔥
It is time to recognise ‘ecocide’ as an int'l crime. pic.twitter.com/uSxJ9qDe1L
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) August 21, 2019