As Amazon burns, farmers defend lighting fires to clear land

Novo Progresso, Brazil (AFP) Aug 18, 2020
It takes a little over half an hour for the flames to devour Pedro Gomes’s field at the edge of the Amazon rainforest, clearing the land for him to plant crops. Agricultural fires like this are burning through the world’s biggest rainforest at an alarming rate, according to environmentalists using satellite data from Brazil’s space agency, INPE, to track the destruction. But Gomes, a 48-
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