The Amazon in 2020: from paradise on Earth to blazing inferno
The world's largest rain forest is still seriously under threat
One year has passed since the world was shocked by the images of the fires blazing across the Amazon in Brazil. But 12 months on, the vast rain forest is experiencing a repeat of the devastation in 2019 caused by fires mostly started to clear land for agriculture. In fact, the forest hasn't really stopped burning: early numbers from 2020's fire season show an increase, leading to concern from scientists and renewed calls from environmental activists who warn that farming, mining, and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil's long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation.
Browse the following gallery for an alarming look at what's happening to the Amazon rain forest.
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