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Amazonian Rainforest burning at unprecedented rate

The Amazon Rainforest, one of the most important ecosystems on earth has been burning for 3 weeks. Terrified Brazilians have declared an ‘apocalypse’ as the worst forest fires in history have spread at an alarming rate. The city of Sao Paulo is plunging into darkness as the American continent, has been covered in vast plumes of smoke corresponding to the massive forest fires. Locals have shared pictures that show smog blocking the sun and turning the sky black at 3 PM.  The smoke from the infernos is so intense, it can be seen from space. The blazes, engulfing parts of the Brazilian states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso, were captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Aug. 11 and 13.

“The out of control forest fires in Brazil are devastating, but not surprising. Extremely dry conditions and continual deforestation have led to an increase in fires in the region this year – up 70% compared to what we saw during the same period in 2018. These fires are destroying ecosystems, displacing wildlife, and jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions.

Conserving the Amazon, and other areas like it, is essential to conserving our planet. As one of the world’s most iconic forests burns, it’s absolutely critical to consider how we are using this valuable resource and work to prevent the kind of disaster we are seeing today. That means deliberate conservation strategies that end deforestation and mitigate and adapt to climate change.” — Kerry Cesareo, senior vice president, forests at World Wildlife Fund.

Often referred to as the lung of the earth, The Amazon is a vital source of oxygen –producing 20 percent of the total oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere. It covers over 5.5 million square kilometers and is instrumental to slowing down the pace of global warming. This rainforest is also home to about 3 million species of plants and animals and a million indigenous tribal people.  The fire is being called a “global emergency” and calls for undisputed attention because a lot is at stake here.

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