Amazon Devastation Hampers Rainfall, Helps Pantanal Record Burning

Despite the distance, the rainforest is responsible for the rainfall dynamics in the wetlands biome that extends across Brazil's Midwest. Fire outbreaks in the area in July were the largest since 1988.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Amazon is not the only Brazilian biome under threat. While the world's largest rainforest registered a record number of fires in June - along with an increase in July and an accumulated growth of 25 percent in the semester - in July, the Pantanal wetlands experienced the largest number of fire outbreaks since Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) started official records in 1998.

There were 1,684 fires recorded compared to 494 in the same month in 2019, a 3.4-fold increase. The Pantanal is the largest flooded plain in the world . . .

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