BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Sept 7: Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose for the fourth straight month in August from a year earlier, according to preliminary government data released on Friday, adding to concerns over fires already ravaging the region.

World's largest rainforest is burning

September 4, 2019 00:00 am

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is burning for weeks, and smoke from these fires are spreading thousands of miles away. On August 19, it blotted out the sun over Sao Paulo, the nation’s largest city.

PORTO VELHO, BRAZIL, Aug 28: Lingering smoke in the Amazon caused concern Tuesday among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems — particularly among children and the elderly — have increased as fires in the region rage.

BRASILIA/PORTO VELHO, Aug 28: Brazil said on Tuesday it was ready to accept foreign aid to help fight fires in the Amazon but only if it could determine how it was spent, in an apparent attempt to smooth over a public spat between the Brazilian and French presidents.

JACUNDA NATIONAL FOREST, BRAZIL, Aug 27: Equipped with hoses connected to rubber backpacks, Brazilian firefighters in the Amazon on Monday raced in a truck along dirt roads toward plumes of smoke after a spotter in a military helicopter directed them to a fast-spreading fir

BIARRITZ, FRANCE, Aug 26: G-7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20 million fund to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest.

BRASILIA/PORTO VELHO, Aug 26: Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 25: Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

BIARRITZ, Aug 25: Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain’s exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Aug 23: Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere.