Brazil’s Forever Fires

Americas Now Podcast

A labourer stares at a fire that spread to the farm he work on next to a highway in Nova Santa Helena municipality in northern Mato Grosso State, south in the Amazon basin in Brazil, on August 23, 2019. – Official figures show 78,383 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, the highest number of any year since 2013. Experts say the clearing of land during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has aggravated the problem. More than half of the fires are in the Amazon. (Photo by Joao LAET / AFP)

Fires in the Amazon rainforest have set off global alarm about the environment. But in the southern part of the country, the largest wetland in the world is also under threat.

On this episode of the Americas Now Podcast correspondent Gerry Hadden tells host Elaine Reyes about his deployment to the Pantanal which is so large it extends to other countries like Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay.