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BBC News app launches on Amazon’s Kindle Fire in the US. BBC News today announced that the popular BBC News app has launched for Amazon’s Kindle Fire.Is the Amazon going up in flames?
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil recently said that claims the Amazon "is going up in flames" were not true, despite statistics published by his own government showing the spread of fires. So what does the data show about what's happening this year? Is the forest in Brazil burning?Why are there so many fires in the Amazon?
The recent increase in the number of fires in the Amazon is directly related to intentional deforestation and not the result of an extremely dry season, according to the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (Ipam). Ipam's director Ane Alencar said fires were often used as a way of clearing land for cattle ranches after deforesting operations.How dangerous are the fires in Brazil's Amazon?
Some 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, and it plays a vital role in absorbing harmful CO2 that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere. So there's particular concern about the damage that fires might do here. The total number of fires in Brazil's Amazon until July this year is high - but slightly lower than the same period last year.