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