Brazil has seen a dramatic increase in the number of fires in the Amazon with more than 80,000 fires so far this year alone. New data recently released by the government shows that deforestation is at the highest point in a decade, with an area 10 times the size of New York City deforested since the beginning of the year. “The message that arrives on the ground is now everything is possible; we can keep on invading public land, we can keep on deforesting because it’ll be forgiven,” says Brenda Brito, a researcher at Imazon.

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