There Are Five Times More Wildfires Burning in Southern Africa Than in Brazil But Media Focus on Brazilian Inferno

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Satellite data show 6,902 blazes in Angola in past 48 hours. Congo has over 3,000 fires.

In comparison, Brazil is scorched by only 2,000 fires. And we only talk about them!

Wildfires scorch Africa but world’s media stay focused on Brazil’s blazes
Wildfires scorch Africa but world’s media stay focused on Brazil’s blazes. Picture: Reuters / Bruno Kelly

Sao Paulo turned dark in the middle of the day. WOW! That was extraordinary! But while forest fires are tearing through the Amazon rainforest, prompting worldwide protests and demands for action to protect the “lungs of the world,” the Brazilian fires are dwarfed by blazes in Africa.

As reported by Bloomberg:

Blazes burning in the Amazon have put heat on the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, but Brazil is actually third in the world in wildfires over the last 48 hours, according to MODIS satellite data analyzed by Weather Source.

Forest fires are tearing through the Amazon rainforest, prompting worldwide protests and demands for action to protect the "lungs of the world." But, away from the spotlight, the Brazilian fires are dwarfed by blazes in Africa.
Forest fires are tearing through the Amazon rainforest, prompting worldwide protests and demands for action to protect the “lungs of the world.” But, away from the spotlight, the Brazilian fires are dwarfed by blazes in Africa.

Weather Source has recorded 6,902 fires in Angola over the past 48 hours, compared to 3,395 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2,127 in Brazil. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon for Central Africa.

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More than 6000 fires have been reported in Angola.

According to NASA, which operates the Aqua satellite, over 67,000 fires were reported in a one-week period in June last year, as farmers employed slash and burn agriculture to clear land for crops.

Wildfires scorch Africa but world's media stay focused on Brazil's blazes
Wildfires scorch Africa but world’s media stay focused on Brazil’s blazes

Over the last 48 hours, Zambia placed fourth on the list, while Brazil’s neighbor in the Amazon, Bolivia, placed sixth.

So why are the media focussing on Brazil and the Amazon?

Blanket media coverage has been successful in forcing the burning of the Amazon into the public consciousness. Protest campaigns have been guided by pleas from social media influencers, while French President Emmanuel Macron declared “our house is burning,” and promised to put the Brazilian blazes at the top of the agenda as he hosts this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz. 

While wildfires in Central Africa are a common occurrence this time of year, Bolsonaro insists that the Amazonian inferno is also part of the natural rhythm of life in the rainforest. “I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame. But it is the season of the queimada,” he told reporters, referring to the long-established practice of burning away overgrown farmland before replanting 

NASA also reported earlier this week that the number and severity of fires were average for the last 15 years. 

“Forest fires exist in the whole world,” Bolsonaro said on Friday, after EU leaders threatened economic sanctions on Brazil. Still, the Brazilian leader has evidently deemed the problem serious enough to send in the army, deploying troops to prevent more deliberate blazes and combat further outbreaks. 

In Africa, it’s more difficult to know what’s happening, as next to no news reports on the fires in Angola and the DRC have surfaced in the west. No hashtag campaigns or mass demonstrations have broken out, and the issue has not been placed on the G7 leaders’ agenda.

They only want to put pressure on Brazil. They don’t care about Africa.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Some universal group———-UN or Cartels, or Globalist, or the elite in our world. better turn off the lazers and the damn weather machines and give the area’s that are under fire some damn rain and do it now.!!! THE ONES WHO ARE DOING THIS WANTS THE WORLD IN A WAR ZONE. WHATS WRONG YOU NOT GETTING ENOUGH MONEY, TO GET RICHER? YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK.

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