Environment

Agribusiness faces turning point as fire outbreaks soar

The number of fires in the Amazon and Pantanal biomes in 2020 was the largest recorded in a decade. Agribusiness faces tight restrictions

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Landowners often use fires to clear up space for pastures. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

Amid the catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic — which has claimed over 200,000 lives in Brazil — the country suffered from another tragedy in 2020: a huge wave of fire outbreaks that consumed large parts of two of Brazil’s main biomes, the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal wetlands. 

The situation of calamity was documented throughout the year, with devastating images of decimated vegetation and animals consumed by flames. When 2020’s statistics were finally tabulated, the year saw the highest number of fire outbreaks in a decade.

The number of fires in Brazil rose 12.73 percent last year, in...

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