Bolivia Rains Quell Fires After 10 Million Amazon Acres Burn

HeadlineOct 08, 2019

In northern Bolivia, heavy rains over the Amazon in recent days have brought raging fires under control, after nearly 10 million acres of land burned over the last two months. Many of the fires were intentionally set to clear land for agriculture. Climate scientists say a combination of increasing global temperatures and a lack of forest canopy are exacerbating severe droughts that have made Bolivia’s fires more intense. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the province of Santa Cruz, outraged over President Evo Morales’s response to the fires and his administration’s environmental policies. The region of Santa Cruz has been the hardest hit by the fires.

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