A charred trunk is seen on a tract of Amazon jungle that was recently burned by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 23, 2019. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino) Major causes of record fires sweeping across the Amazon rainforest this month include the dry season and human activities, according to research institutions and media reports. In a speech broadcast on Brazilian television and radio networks on Friday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attributed the fires to the dry season in the Amazon rainforest region. Brazil owns about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, which covers an area of some 5,500,000 square km in South America. Fire activities have been frequently detected in the region in recent two decades, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (Inpe). While the rainforest is typically wet and humid, the frequency of fire activity usually rise each year since July -- the onset of the dry season, and peaks in September and decreases in October as the rainy season approaches. However, this year has seen the most fires in this decade, according to U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Earlier this month, Brazil declared a state of emergency over the rising number of fires in the region. Data from the Inpe showed that the number of forest fires in Brazil soared by 82 percent from January to August this year from a year ago, and over half of those fires occurred in the Amazon rainforest. A total of 71,497 forest fires were registered in the country in the first eight months of 2019, up from 39,194 in the same period in 2018, the Inpe said. On Monday, the city of Sao Paulo was plunged into darkness mid-afternoon, a phenomena caused by smoke from the forest fires being carried by wind currents. Human activities have led to the recent increase of fires, some experts have noted. The view was echoed by many, though they were divided over who actually conducted the activities.
East China's #Fujian Province said Saturday 48,000 people have been evacuated and 9,926 fishing vessels had been recalled to harbor as it braces for the coming #Typhoon #Bailu . The Fujian flood control and drought relief headquarters upgraded its emergency response to the second highest level at 6 p.m. Saturday as strong gales hit coastal Zhangzhou City Saturday afternoon. As of 7 p.m. Saturday, #Xiamen airport had cancelled 159 flights. Thirty-one passenger trains for Saturday and Sunday were suspended, according to railway authorities. Authorities in Fujian have also closed 149 seaside scenic spots and 1,318 construction sites out of safety concerns. The typhoon also halted ferry services between Xiamen and Kinmen. Typhoon Bailu made landfall in Taiwan Saturday afternoon, leaving two people injured and cutting power off for over 50,000 households, according to local authorities. #life #cctvnewstoday #cctv #china #CCTVEnglish #likeforlikes #likeforfollow #followme #follow #photooftheday #photography #instagood
A healthy Florida panther is seen on display at the Palm Beach Zoo on August 22, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating an apparent neurological problem that has been seen in wild Florida panthers. The issue has been seen in the endangered panthers as well as bobcats and is causing them to have trouble walking, and wildlife experts don’t know why. #wildlife #pantheer #endangeredanimals #neurological #nature #China #CCTV #cctvnews #cctvnewstoday Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.
Video shows when a bear breaks into a home in Northern California while two teen boys were inside. The bear made itself right at home. It opened the kitchen fridge and also checked out the kitchen counter. The bear then sat down on the living room floor to snack on something it found in the kitchen. The teens inside called the local sheriff for help. #bear #funnyvideo #kitchen #sheriff #animals #nature #CCTV #China #CCTVEnglish #cctvnewstoday #instagood Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.
Devotees take part in Matka Breaking (pot of clay) Festival during Krishna Janmasthami in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 23, 2019. Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. #festival #celebrate #Nepal #KrishnaJanmasthami #CCTV #China #cctvnewstoday Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.
The first #Titanic dive in 14 years found that the ship is being “consumed” by the #ocean . An exploration crew with a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed five dives over eight days to the wreck using the Limited Factor submarine. After the luxury British passenger RMS Titanic #liner made contact with an #iceberg that scraped the side of the ship, it sank into the ocean on April 14 and 15 in 1912. Around 1,500 of the approximately 2,200 passengers and crew members on board died, as many of the lifeboats were initially under-filled when they departed from the ship, which had previously been deemed "unskinable" by some. The ship lies nearly 4,000 meters below the surface of the ocean, around 370 miles south of Newfoundland in water that is just 1 degree Celsius on the surface. #life #cctvnewstoday #cctv #china #CCTVEnglish #likeforlikes #likeforfollow #followme #follow #instagood
Raising otters as pets has become an increasingly popular trend across the world in recent years as they look so cute and easily to get along with humans. But environmentalists say the purchase and abuse of otters has put them on the verge of extinction. They say it is now urgent for humans to live in harmony with otters instead of taking them as pets. #otter #ottercafe #animal #nature #harmony #environment #extinction #pet #China #cctv #cctvnewstoday #instagood Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.
Fireworks burst over the Red Square during the opening day of "Spasskaya Tower" International Military Music Festival in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2019. The annual military music festival opened on Friday on the Red Square in Moscow, and will run until September 1. #firework #military #festival #celebration #music #Russia #CCTV #cctvEnglsih #cctvnewstoday #instagood Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.
Li Juan is the fifth-generation inheritor of Jinan shadow play. Through creation of new plays that perfectly integrate modern talk shows, fancy dance and popular music, Li successfully brings the art form closer to life. Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, dates back to the Han Dynasty around 2,000 years ago. Performers hold cowhide-carved figures between a source of light and a translucent curtain, make movements of the figures for storytelling, and add drum sounds and Chinese opera to accompany the movements. #HiChina #Craftsmanship #shadowplay #performance #pop #music #chineseculture #CCTV #China #CCTVEnglish
China's first cloned police dog Kunxun prepares to take a test at Kunming Police Dog Base in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 22, 2019. China's first cloned police dog Kunxun has finished its training and was officially accepted as a police dog on Thursday. She was cloned from a 7-year-old female dog, known as Huahuangma, that has been in service in the city of Pu'er, Yunnan, by Sinogene, a Beijing-based biotechnology firm. #dog #clone #policedog #biotechonology #China #CCTV #cctvnewstoday Tag @cctv to follow us on the sights and culture of modern China.