Situation Critical as Drought, Wildfires Decimate South American Wetlands and Forests

The fires are being fanned by such conditions as strong winds, temperatures over 40 C (104 F) and the dry season in which farmers use slash-and-burn techniques to try to regenerate the soil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Experts say the wildfires in a region that spans Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay – especially the region between the Paraguay, Paraná, and Uruguay rivers – have become critical in 2020.

“There has been a dramatic increase in fires. In Argentina there has been an increase of around 170%, it's very serious,” said Elisabeth Mohle, an environmental politics researcher at Argentina's San Martín National University (UNSM).

She says it's part of a wider problem affecting multiple regions around the world in 2020, including Brazil's Amazonas state, Australia, California, and the Gran Chaco, South . . .

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