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Provider: Mongabay
Categories: Environment

Slash-and-burn clearing nears Indigenous park as Brazil’s fire season ignites

– Xingu Indigenous Park shields a large tract of old growth rainforest in Brazil’s “arc of deforestation,” and is inhabited by dozens of Indigenous communities.- The park experienced a jump in deforestation in 2020, quadrupling the amount of primary forest it lost in 2019.- Most of this deforestation was caused by wildfires, which likely spread from slash-and-burn activity on nearby agricultural fields.- Satellite data and imagery show agricultural fields and fires expanding towards the park in 2021 despite a prohibition on dry-season burning and a drought the likes of which haven’t been seen in nearly a century.