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Wildfires in Brazil’s Amazon Increased in 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A significant increase was registered in Brazil of the number of fires in its territory during 2015, with the greatest increase registered in the Amazon region, according to Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE (National Space Research Institute).

According to INPE more than 235,000 heat spots were detected by Brazilian satellites last year, a strong increase in comparison to the 184,000 detected in 2014. The Brazilian institute says that this is the second worst year of fires since 1999.

“It was a drier year,” INPE researcher . . .

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