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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October and the number of blazes is up 25 percent in the first 10 months of 2020, compared to a year ago, data from government space research agency Inpe showed on Sunday, November 1st.

October recorded 17,326 hot spots in the world’s largest rainforest, more than double the number of fires detected in the same month last year. Destruction of the forest has soared since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019.

The president says he wishes to develop the region to lift it . . .

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