Brazil: Wildfires threaten virgin Amazon rainforest

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    This year’s fire season is worse than usual in Brazil’s Amazon region, where fires have begun spreading into areas of virgin forest. During the first week of September, more than 8,000 blazes were reported, about one-quarter of which are in virgin areas that have not been cleared or used as farmland. These forest fires are “burning large amounts of biomass across the Brazilian Amazon”, according to Matt Finer, director of NGO Amazon Conservation. Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports From Rio de Janiero, Brazil. –

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    In This Story: Brazil

    Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America.

    Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, as well as the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

    Its Amazon basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. Brazil is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country.

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  • In This Story: Monica Yanakiew

    American-Brazilian Journalist, based in Rio de Janeiro, covering Brazil for Aljazeera English. Previously worked in over 30 countries, covering world events. – Source @MonikaKiev Twitter Bio

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