Fires in the Amazon rainforest have increased to alarming levels, at a time when environmental experts warned that this August will be difficult for the "lung world" forests, and may repeat the disaster last year.
Official data in Brazil showed, on Saturday, that the number of fires raging in the Amazon rainforest is up by 28 percent compared to last year, according to "Reuters".
The Brazilian Space Research Agency recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month, up from 5,318 fires in July 2019.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world.
Although this number represents the highest rate of fires in July in three years, it is considered small compared to the height of those fires in August last year, and then reached about 31 thousand customers, the highest rate in that month in 12 years.
But the worst is yet to come, by withdrawing environmental organizations that say there are disturbing signs of what may come, as the last days of the month show a sharp rise in fire rates.
It reported more than 1,000 fires on July 30, the highest one-day figure for this month since 2005, according to an analysis by "Greenpeace Brazil".
"This is a shocking indication ... We can expect from now that August will be a difficult month and September will be worse," said Ann Alencar, director of the science department at the Amazon Institute for Environmental Research in Brazil.
Environmentalists blame the right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, for encouraging loggers, miners, and land sales brokers to destroy forests through his vision of economic development in the region.
On the other hand, Bolsonaro defends his plans to introduce mining and agriculture into reserves as a way to lift the region out of poverty.
Bolsonaro this year issued permission to deploy military forces between May and November to combat forest fires and illegal logging, and to ban fire in the area for 120 days.
In rainforests, scientists see the first line of defense against global warming as it absorbs greenhouse gases.