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A charred trunk is seen on a tract of Amazon jungle that was recently burned by loggers and farmers in Brazil. Photo: Bruno Kelly/Reuters
The Amazon rainforest is burning faster than usual, it's most likely because of humans clearing land for agriculture, and it will make efforts to fight climate change harder if it doesn't stop fast.
The big picture: Amazon deforestation has sped up under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro. Fires in the region are up 77% from last year, and the dry season has just gotten started.
Between the lines: It always burns in the Amazon during the dry season. But "natural fires are very rare in the Amazon, so all, or almost all, the fires we are seeing are set by humans," Global Forest Watch's Mikaela Weisse told the N.Y. Times.
Bolsonaro isn't just unconcerned — he's made the ludicrous suggestion that the fires are being started by NGOs.
The bottom line: The Amazon may not belong to all of us, but what happens there affects all of us.
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest.
Photo: Eric Risberg/AP
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