As Pantanal Fires Burn, Pressure Grows on Brazil’s Environmental Officials

Record-burning fires in the world largest wetland, the Pantanal, changed the scenery even in the capital of Mato Grosso, 200 kilometers from the reserve, with the traditional blue sky of Cuiabá stained ash gray. The fire is threatening blue macaws.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The odor of burning brush penetrated the home of Zulmira Maria Lucia, 67, a resident of Mata Cavalo, a community settlement located in the Pantanal in Mato Grosso, western Brazil.

"The fire emerged very quickly and cleared the whole pasture. We lost everything, the banana fields, and other plantations", says Zulmira, about her community and the other 28 neighboring ones, where 40,000 settlers live. One of the most . . .

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