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Brazil deforestation rises in August, adding to Amazon fire worries

9 September 2019, 3:20 PM

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.

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As Amazon leaders meet, scientists warn of fiery future for fragile forest

8 September 2019, 10:53 AM

Fires in the Amazon rainforest will likely become more severe, frequent and widespread in future unless action is taken to stem rising deforestation and climate change, scientists warned ahead of Friday’s regional summit aimed at tackling the problem.

Madagascar forest destruction wiping out humans’ tiniest relative

6 September 2019, 5:28 PM

As a shocked world watches fires ravage the Amazon, slash-and-burn farmers are wreaking proportionally worse destruction half a world away in Madagascar, driving humanity’s smallest relative – the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur – to extinction.

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Amazon fire poses health risk: World Health Organization

30 August 2019, 3:38 PM

Fires raging in the Amazon pose a risk to health including from respiratory diseases, especially in children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Brazil says open to aid for Amazon fires but will decide how it’s used

28 August 2019, 9:01 AM

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.

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