Brazilian Pantanal, World’ Largest Wetland, In Flames

The Pantanal is burning with more than 3 million acres of land up in flames

Raghav N

August 20, 2020

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The Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland area, is burning due to unprecedented fire. The most biodiverse location on the planet is home to more than 4,700 species of plants and animals. Overlapping the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal had also faced severe fires in late 2019 and early 2020.

The devastating flames have ravaged close to three million acres of land, bringing the lush green marshlands down to ashes. A sanctuary for macaw parrots, especially the blue macaw species and several other animals including jaguars and crocodiles, the widespread calamity threatens to endanger a range of species inhabiting the forests.

It is a matter of global concern that the otherwise drenched land, which receives heavy rains from December to March, has been subjected to a prolonged drought.

According to sources, the fires this year have more than doubled up by some 200% as compared to the last year.

Environmentalists have blamed the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for failing to protect the county’s valuable natural resources. While firefighters try to bring the catastrophic destruction under control, bans on burning, reinforced by the state and federal authorities seem to have negligible impact.

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