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Amazon rainforest has been burning for 3 weeks, but Brazil president unconcerned

Amazon rainforest has been burning for 3 weeks, but Brazil president unconcerned

Anne Dorall

Yes, the Amazon rainforest has been- and still is!– on fire for 3 full weeks.

It’s resulted in smoke being seen from the space station, São Pauloexperiencing a 3pm daytime blackout, and the record for forest fires being broken.

Smoke from the Amazonia fires can be clearly seen… from space.
Picture credit: NOAA

Brazil president Bolsonaro who also told his citizens “to eat less and poop every other day” is now dismissing the deadly fires, saying that it is the “season of the queimada“, which is when farmers use fire to clear land.

Wildfires do often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching, similar to what Indonesia does.

Picture credit: Twitter

The Amazon rainforest (Amazonia) represents over 50% of the world’s rainforests and produces over 20% of the world’s oxygen.

The fire in the Amazon is critical, not just because it is unprecedented, but because its impact is global.

Picture credit: Twitter

In the face of extreme climate conditions, deforestation must stop. We have to protect what little trees we have left.

#PrayForAmazonia

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