the largest wetland on the planet ravaged by fires

the largest wetland on the planet ravaged by fires
the largest wetland on the planet ravaged by fires

This is almost four times more than the previous record for an entire month of June, which dates back to 2005, when 435 homes were counted. “This increase in fires in the Pantanal even before the dry season is extremely worrying,” says Claudio Angelo, member of the Climate Observatory NGO collective.

Drought

From January 1 to June 20, the INPE recorded 2,628 households in the Pantanal, an increase of 1,818% compared to the same period last year. This figure is also higher than that of the first half of 2020 (2,534), which turned out to be the worst year on record, when 30% of the region’s surface was affected by flames.

The dry season usually begins in the second half of the year. In 2020, a peak was reached in September, with 8,106 outbreaks, the most devastating month since the INPE began compiling this data in 1998. “Everything suggests that we are facing another extreme climatic event , which makes us fear for the future of the biome in the coming months, when the drought will have reached its peak,” insists Claudio Angelo.

Biodiversity

The Pantanal, which also extends into Bolivia and Paraguay, is the largest tropical wetland on the planet. This biodiversity sanctuary attracts many tourists who can admire caimans, giant otters, colorful birds and, for the lucky ones, jaguars up close. The Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Marina Silva, has spoken several times in recent weeks of the risks of “severe” drought in several regions of the country, particularly in the Pantanal.

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