the New York Times
"Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year's crops and pasture. Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use."
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There is a reason Nulli never provides a link to the article: it's because he can lie about it then.
What the NY Times article actually says:
"Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use."
However, "The number of fires identified by the agency in the Amazon region so far this year, 40,341, is about 35 percent higher than the average for the first eight months of each year since 2010."
And, "Brazil's part of the Amazon lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover in the first half of 2019, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the government agency that tracks deforestation."
And "The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation's new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining."
Yes, dummy, many of the fires are on already cleared land. But more fires than before are on uncleared land to expand farming in the region.