Amazon rainforest burning “worst” in memory

Mongabay | October 16, 2007

By Rhett A. Butler


Fires continue to rage in the Amazon, according to local reports.


John Cain Carter, a rancher who runs Aliança da Terra, an environmental accountability group for agricultural operators, says that the fires are the worst he has ever seen in the region.


“I have never seen fires this bad,” he told “The fires are even worse than in 1998´s El Niño event.”


NASA satellite images released at the end of September confirm widespread burning in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso.


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