In early August, farmers in the Amazon self-declared a "fire day" to burn trees, emboldened by the fact that the government isn't enforcing rainforest protections that are part of national law.
Fires raging in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have hit a record high number this year, according to new data from the country's space research agency, as concerns grow over President Jair Bolsonaro's management of the environment. "Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire", Macron tweeted. Cattle ranching is responsible for as much as 80 percent of the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon, and a significant portion of the global beef supply originates on land that was once rainforest.
Although scientists are confident people are behind the fires, Bolsonaro claimed his administration was not to blame, but rather his ecological opponents who wanted to make him look bad, according to The Washington Post.
When asked about losing German funding, Bolsonaro responded that Brazil didn't need it.
"There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average", INPE researcher Alberto Setzer said, Reuters previously reported. "No more. We also ended up with the transfer of public money, so these people are missing the money", he said. Farmers may also intentionally set fires (often illegally) in order to clear land.
"It is very hard to have natural fires in the Amazon; it happens but the majority come from the hand of humans", said Mr Moutinho, who has been working in the Amazon forests for almost 30 years.
Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has been tracking the damage and its satellite data showed on Thursday a record-breaking 75,336 fires have swept across Brazil's forests in the past eight months.
People around the world who are anxious about the environmental effects of human activities and the resulting fires are spreading awareness and expressing their opinions on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Wildfires have increased in Mato Grosso and Para, two states where Brazil's agricultural frontier has pushed into the Amazon basin and spurred deforestation.
Mr Salles took to the stage at the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week in the Brazilian city of Salvador on Wednesday. While a year ago we wrote new headlines almost every week about the many massive fires holding the West in their clutches, there has been little to talk about this summer.