Deforestation Fire in Brazil – December 2nd, 2008
In the center of this image we can see a fire in central Brazil, probably set in order to clear part of the Amazon Rainforest in order to grow crops. Upon opening the full image, other fires are visible nearby.
As we can see from tan streaks in the lower part of the image, deforestation is a serious problem in the area.
In 2008, Brazil’s Government announced a record rate of deforestation in the Amazon. Deforestation jumped by 69% in 2008 compared to 2007’s twelve months, according to official government data.
Deforestation could wipe out or severely damage nearly 60% of the Amazon rainforest by 2030, says a new report from WWF.