Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surge in July, worst in recent days

The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest jumped 28% in July from a year ago, official data showed on Saturday, as some environmentalists warned a jump this week could signal a repeat of last year’s surging destruction of the world’s largest rainforest.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsanaro calls new Amazon fires a “lie” — as videos show the rainforest burning

Fires currently surging in the Amazon rainforest could be even more devastating than last year’s, but Brazil’s government is denying they even exist. On Tuesday, President Jair Bolsonaro called the fires a “lie” — as photos and videos from the region show the forest burning. 

Amazon burns again as huge fires ravage rainforest on terrifying scale

There are now just two firefighting teams in Rondonia, covering 142,000 square miles of rainforest – an area larger than England. Marcus’s group is battling at least eight fires a day, but with 3,519 forest fires detected in June alone, it is only a fraction of the total.

Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increases by 28% in July: Report

Environmentalists expressed concern at the rise because August traditionally marks the beginning of the fire season in the region. They fear Brazil could repeat the surge seen in fires last August, when 30,900 fires were recorded by the institute.

Dutch police bust ‘largest’ cocaine lab at rural riding school

“Given the number of people who worked there, the installation, the size, the layout and the equipment, we estimate the production capacity at 150kg [330 pounds] to 200kg of cocaine per day,” he said in a statement.

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds

Unlike other icy ocean worlds in our solar system, such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa, asteroids and dwarf planets don’t experience internal heating. Enceladus and Europa benefit from internal heating that occurs when they interact gravitationally with the massive planets they orbit.

China to join Russia for largest naval drills with foreign partner

“The joint drill conducted by the two militaries of China and Russia do not target any third parties. Their aim is to deepen co-operation between the two militaries in the training field, boost capacity in co-ordinating military activities, and serve the purpose of safeguarding regional security and stability,” Fang said.

Houthi rebels detain activist who brought Yemen war to outside world

Human Rights Watch’s Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, echoed Amnesty’s concerns about Omeisy’s detention. “Yemen more than ever needs activists like Hisham al-Omeisy to bring attention to the devastation that war, famine and disease have wrought on the country and its people,” she said.

‘Evil poacher’ killed one of the world’s rarest tigers to sell skin and body parts

The animal’s skin and body parts were intended to be sold to dealers almost certainly aiming to smuggle them to China as a trophy and for traditional medicinal cures, reports say.