There are countless fires in the Amazon rainforest: large and small. They are for the most part illegally ignited by farmers who want to clear land. Forest fires in the Amazon are not a new phenomenon, but the current size is unprecedented. The Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) noted 75,336 fires this year, the highest number since the measurements started in 2013 and 84 percent higher than last year.

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Why is the Amazon rainforest burning?

Agriculture is the driving force behind deforestation. In the Amazon, many of the fires are caused by farmers who burn off pieces of forest…

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