Brazil: El Niño to blame for record number of forest fires

Posted on January 5, 2016 • Filed under: Brazil, Enviromental Issues, Weather/Climate reported INPE meteorologists have attributed to El Niño both the fierce drought in the Amazon, the worst in years, and the extreme rainfall in the southern part of the country. The World Meteorological Organization recently warned that the current weather phenomena, caused by El Niño and heightened by climate change, will be felt at least until March and will be the strongest since 1998. Brazil registered some 235,000 forest fires in 2015, a number 27.5 percent higher than in 2014, a blight that specialists attribute to the climate phenomenon known as El Niño. Read Article

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