Clarifying Amazonia's burning crisis

Jos Barlow, Erika Berenguer, Rachel Carmenta, Filipe França

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This article clarifies the different types of fire in the Amazon, their different drivers and the positive feedbacks that can lead to more fires in the region. It then explores evidence regarding the peak in active fire detections in August 2019, showing that these were linked to the highest levels of deforestation since 2008. Finally, we examine the solutions needed to reduce the prevalence of uncontrolled or illegal fire in the Brazilian Amazon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-321
Number of pages3
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number2
Early online date15 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2020

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