Summary of “Amazon rainforest fire: Forests in Brazil, Greenland, and Siberia are burning”

More than 21,000 square miles of forest have gone up in flames in Siberia this month, putting Russia on track for its worst year on record for wildfires.
Over the weekend, new fires ignited in Alaska, extending what’s already been an unusually long fire season for the state.
California, which suffered its most destructive wildfire season on record in 2018, is having a much calmer year by comparison, although the potential for a major fire remains.
The Amazon rainforest, which remains drenched for much of the year, does not burn naturally.
Farmers use slash-and-burn tactics to clear land for farming and pasture, though it’s illegal in Brazil this time of year due to fire risk.
The Amazon rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, with 72,843 reported so far.
“The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”
The source of the current wildfires in Brazil is not yet known, and the government in Brazil is not all that inclined to find out.

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