Fires Surge in the Amazon as Deforestation Slows

by Rhett Butler / Mongabay Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon was more than 20 percent lower for the second straight month relative to the prior year according to data released today by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE. But forest loss in the world’s largest rainforest remains well above the average of the past decade. […]

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Unprecedented Fire Ravages California, Oregon, and Washington

from NY Times Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West. Oregon is approaching 900,000 acres burned across the state, Gov. Kate Brown said. In the past 10 years, the state has seen an average of 500,000 acres burned every year. […]

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Around the World, a Fire Crisis Flares Up, Fueled By Human Actions

by Liz Kimbrough / Mongabay There have been more fires alerts around the world this year than last year, spelling dire consequences for health, biodiversity, and the economy — and human actions are mostly to blame. “The world witnessed the devastating consequences of the fires last year, from billions of wildlife lost and people losing […]

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