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Pictures Report

Pictures of the year: Amazon fires
Our top photos from the Amazon fires this year, as the number of fires in the rainforest jumped to its highest levels since 2010.
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX735C7
September 16, 2019
A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil September 15,...
RIO PARDO, Brazil
A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo
A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil September 15, 2019. Fire is not natural in the Amazon. Virgin rainforest, no matter how fierce the sun, is too wet to catch alight. If the forest burns it is almost always because of humans. In August, around the peak of the so-called "queimadas" as the burning season here is known, the number of fires in Brazil's Amazon jumped to its highest since 2010.

REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NFTN
August 22, 2019
Fire is the second stage in clearing the forest, usually for raising cattle. First, choice woods are...
HUMAITA, Brazil
An aerial view of logs illegally cut from Amazon rainforest are seen in sawmills near Humaita
Fire is the second stage in clearing the forest, usually for raising cattle. First, choice woods are cut and sold, then the rest is burned. It is cheap, it is effective, and it is hard to catch those responsible. Cutting down the forest is illegal without permission, and using fire is against the law except in exceptional circumstances.

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2Q2VX
September 11, 2019
Yet fire is changing the landscape. The latest data from August 2018 through July 2019 showed more rainforest...
Porto Velho, Brazil
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho
Yet fire is changing the landscape. The latest data from August 2018 through July 2019 showed more rainforest was cleared than at any point in the past 11 years. An area larger than Puerto Rico was cut down. Preliminary figures suggest the rate has increased since.

REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NO7Y
August 24, 2019
Three teams of Reuters journalists spent weeks traveling thousands of miles across the world's largest...
BOCA DO ACRE, Brazil
A tract of Amazon jungle is seen after a fire in Boca do Acre
Three teams of Reuters journalists spent weeks traveling thousands of miles across the world's largest tropical rainforest this year, witnessing the devastation of what scientists regard as a vital protection against climate change.

REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NECQ
August 22, 2019
On the Trans-Amazonian highway, near the river port of Humaita, the August night sky did not go dark....
HUMAITA, Brazil
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas
On the Trans-Amazonian highway, near the river port of Humaita, the August night sky did not go dark. The flames from a forest fire, stretching into the distance beside the road, glowed a dusky yellow. For days it burned.

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/FOREST-GUARDIANS
RTX73RZX
September 20, 2019
Some people have taken protecting the forest into their own hands. Reuters spent seven days with an indigenous...
AMARANTE, Brazil
The Wider Image: Fighting fire with fire, Amazon 'forest guardians' stalk loggers
Some people have taken protecting the forest into their own hands. Reuters spent seven days with an indigenous vigilante group fighting to keep illegal loggers off their land in the state of Maranhao.

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/FOREST-GUARDIANS
RTX73RZM
September 20, 2019
One night in September, alerted by the rumble of heavy trucks, six Guajajara tribesmen -- faces painted...
AMARANTE, Brazil
The Wider Image: Fighting fire with fire, Amazon 'forest guardians' stalk loggers
One night in September, alerted by the rumble of heavy trucks, six Guajajara tribesmen -- faces painted for battle -- rushed to ambush a group of loggers. At a choke point in the local network of rutted dirt roads, they lay in wait, a 4x4 blocking the road, rifles and handguns at the ready. When the trucks arrived, the loggers, who numbered around eight, were first to fire. The Guajajara shot back, forcing the loggers to scatter into the forest. The indigenous warriors burnt the trucks, piled high with freshly cut lumber.

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/FOREST-GUARDIANS
RTX73S0G
September 20, 2019
A Guajajara Indian "forest guardian" draws water from a well at a loggers camp on Arariboia indigenous...
AMARANTE, Brazil
The Wider Image: Fighting fire with fire, Amazon 'forest guardians' stalk loggers
A Guajajara Indian "forest guardian" draws water from a well at a loggers camp on Arariboia indigenous land near the city of Amarante, Maranhao state, Brazil, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2OEIC
August 29, 2019
One of the men that night was Paulo Paulino Guajajara. He knew it was dangerous work and spoke frankly...
Porto Velho, Brazil
An aerial view of a burning tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto...
One of the men that night was Paulo Paulino Guajajara. He knew it was dangerous work and spoke frankly of his fear. "I'm scared at times, but we have to lift up our heads and act. We are here fighting," he said. Four weeks later, he was dead. Members of his tribe said loggers had shot him through the head.

REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NZYY
August 26, 2019
An aerial view shows smoke rising over a deforested plot of the Amazon jungle in Porto Velho, Rondonia...
Porto Velho, Brazil
An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon in Porto Velho
An aerial view shows smoke rising over a deforested plot of the Amazon jungle in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX74RZE
September 27, 2019
An aerial view shows a tract of Amazon jungle burning as it is cleared by farmers in Itaituba, Para,...
Itaituba, Brazil
An aerial view shows a tract of Amazon jungle burning as it is cleared by farmers in Itaituba
An aerial view shows a tract of Amazon jungle burning as it is cleared by farmers in Itaituba, Para, Brazil September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NQ73
August 24, 2019
An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon in Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil August 24,...
BOCA DO ACRE, Brazil
An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon in Boca do Acre
An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon in Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX73EM3
September 18, 2019
An aerial view shows a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September...
Porto Velho, Brazil
An aerial view shows a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho
An aerial view shows a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2OD3B
August 29, 2019
An aerial view of a burned tract of Amazon jungle as it was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto...
Porto Velho, Brazil
An aerial view of a burned tract of Amazon jungle as it was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto...
An aerial view of a burned tract of Amazon jungle as it was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Brazil August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX739E3
September 17, 2019
Eliane Muller, 40, walks next to a burnt tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers, after...
RIO PARDO, Brazil
Eliane Muller, 40, walks next to a burnt tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers, after...
Eliane Muller, 40, walks next to a burnt tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers, after the fire hit 2 acres from her cassava plantation in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NR10
August 25, 2019
The carcass of a cow lies along a tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers...
Porto Velho, Brazil
The carcass of a cow lies along a tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers...
The carcass of a cow lies along a tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2P2T1
September 04, 2019
A cow is seen amid smoke from a burning tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers...
APUI, Brazil
A cow is seen amid smoke from a burning tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers...
A cow is seen amid smoke from a burning tract of the Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2NHAP
August 23, 2019
An Indigenous named Pedro Mura from the Mura tribe reacts in front of a deforested area in nondemarcated...
HUMAITA, Brazil
An Indigenous from the Mura tribe reacts in front of a deforested area in nondemarcated indigenous land...
An Indigenous named Pedro Mura from the Mura tribe reacts in front of a deforested area in nondemarcated indigenous land, inside the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/LOGGERS
RTX74EIB
September 24, 2019
Employees relax in a camp inside the Bom Retiro deforestation area on the right side of the BR 319 highway...
HUMAITA, Brazil
Employees relax in a camp inside the Bom Retiro deforestation area on the right side of the BR 319 highway...
Employees relax in a camp inside the Bom Retiro deforestation area on the right side of the BR 319 highway near Humaita, Amazonas state, Brazil September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2O4K7
August 27, 2019
Jose, 2, plays while a fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers near...
Porto Velho, Brazil
Jose, 2, plays while a fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers near...
Jose, 2, plays while a fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Brazil August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX738C1
September 16, 2019
A Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade member...
TENHARIM MARMELOS, Brazil
IBAMA fire brigade member attempts to control hot points during a fire at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous...
A Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade member attempts to control hot points during a fire at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2PZ6T
September 10, 2019
A fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle near Porto Velho, Brazil September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly...
Porto Velho, Brazil
A fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle near Porto Velho
A fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle near Porto Velho, Brazil September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2Q986
September 12, 2019
A burning tree is seen during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest in Itapua do Oeste, Rondonia...
ITAPUA DO OESTE, Brazil
A burning tree is seen during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest in Itapua do Oeste
A burning tree is seen during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest in Itapua do Oeste, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX738HZ
September 16, 2019
Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade members...
TENHARIM MARMELOS, Brazil
IBAMA fire brigade members attempt to control hot points during a fire at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous...
Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade members are seen as they attempt to control hot points during a fire at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTX738HY
September 16, 2019
A tract of Amazon jungle burns at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land, Amazonas state, Brazil, September...
TENHARIM MARMELOS, Brazil
A tract of Amazon jungle burns at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land
A tract of Amazon jungle burns at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/WILDFIRES
RTS2Q2VZ
September 11, 2019
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil,...
Porto Velho, Brazil
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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