Deforestation in Brazil has hit a record high. “It’s officially now the worst ever August for Amazon deforestation.” @NewScientist #environment #climate #amazonfires

The amount of Amazon rainforest being cleared in Brazil has hit a record high. But president Jair Bolsonaro is moving to ban the setting of fires for two months:

“Rain will not extinguish Amazon fires for weeks, weather experts say.” (The rainy season in the #Amazon on average begins in late September & takes weeks to build to widespread rains.” @Reuters #amazonfires

Weak rainfall is unlikely to extinguish a record number of fires raging in Brazil’s Amazon anytime soon, with pockets of precipitation through Sept. 10 expected to bring only isolated relief, according to weather data and two experts.