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Each year, an area larger than England burns in Brazil; 20% of country’s territory affected in 30 years

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Each year, an area larger than England burns in Brazil. Over the last 36 years, an average of 150,900 km² were consumed by fire.

Considering the area burned since 1985, the cumulative total during the period reaches practically a fifth of national territory. There were 1,672,142 km² of vegetation burnt, equivalent to 19.6% of Brazil.

The unprecedented data is part of a study by Mapbiomas, an integrated project of universities, environmental organizations and technology companies. Using artificial intelligence resources, detailed images of fires in all types of land use and cover were . . .

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