Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Workers from Brazil’s state-run environment agency IBAMA check an area consumed by fire near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon’s dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the rainforest.