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Fires in the Amazon: a barrier to climate change up in smoke

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Fire is not natural in the Amazon. Virgin rainforest, no matter how fierce the sun, is too wet to catch alight. If the forest burns it is almost always because of humans. In August, around the peak of the so-called queimadas as the burning season here is known, the number of fires in Brazils Amazon jumped to its highest since 2010.

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