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New Study: 17 Million Animals Lost Their Lives in Brazil’s Devastating Wildfires in 2020

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Recent research indicates that 17 million animals died in the catastrophic fires in Brazil alone, as a result of climate change. During the devastating wildfires that swept the region in 2020, researchers made an effort to determine animal mortality rates.

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17 million animals died

The study predicts that wildfires in Brazil will kill more than 17 million animals in 2020. It is estimated that the death toll was about 17 million animals from a wide range of species, including reptiles, birds and primates, according to India Today.

Meteorological droughts are becoming more frequent, prolonged and more severe as a result of man-made climate change.

It is estimated that extreme weather events caused by climate change killed 17 million organisms, including reptiles, birds, and primates.

Despite the importance of fires in shaping biodiversity outcomes in many ecosystems, scientists warned in a paper published in Scientific Reports earlier this month that wildfires may negatively harm animals.

Ground surveys were conducted in the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil, to determine the first impact of the 2020 wildfires on animals. 39,030 square kilometers of land damaged by fires were studied in the research.

It is important to remember that the cumulative effect of burning on a large scale would be disastrous, since repeated fires could impoverish and disrupt ecosystems.

Read also: The scorched earth left by scorching forest fires may cause more disasters

Common causes of forest fires

For the severe wildfire seasons in recent years, they cite regional causes such as deforestation, misuse and burning or lack of landscape management measures as well as greenhouse gas emissions that in turn contribute to climate change as the main cause.

The Brazilian section of the Pantanal burned an incredible 39,030 square kilometers in 2020 due to fires that burned 16,210 square kilometers in 2019. Reduced rainfall, increased temperatures and an increased frequency of extreme weather events played a role.

The vast majority of fires in Brazil are caused by human error, with land holders deliberately setting fires to make way for livestock or crops.

According to previous trends, the number of fires began to rise in June and peaked in September. During the dry season, they may quickly get out of control and destroy large areas of forest.

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Areas most affected by Widfires

According to researchers, the intensity and frequency of wildfires are increasing, resulting in an unprecedented amount of lands burned around the world. However, little is known about the effects of wildfires on animals.

The 2019 and 2020 fires devastated two of the world’s largest tropical wetlands, resulting in the worst annual loss of forests since 2015. Brazil is home to the world’s largest Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal wetlands.

There has been widespread criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration for its response to the fires, despite Bolsonaro’s repeated calls for regional development.

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