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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) The official August data on the number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon needs to be corrected and will likely show an increase over last year, meaning that blazes surged to a decade high, a scientist responsible for the figures told Reuters on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Brazilian media have reported that fires in Brazil’s section of the Amazon rainforest fell by 5 percent in August, citing data currently on the website of government space research agency INPE that has not been corrected.

Alberto Setzer, a senior scientist at INPE who is involved in producing . . .

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