Brazil Fires: Sao Paulo Goes Dark as Smoke from Amazon Fires Blankets City

VOA News

Published on Aug 21, 2019

The Brazilian megalopolis of Sao Paulo went dark early Monday, August 19, after thick smoke from record-breaking fires in the Amazon blanketed swathes of the city. Wildfires raging in the Amazon have hit a record number this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil’s space research center INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy. The surge marks an 83% increase over the same period of 2018, the highest since records began in 2013, according to the body. (Reuters)

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