The Amazon Rainforest, which is one of the biggest ecosystems in the world, has been burning for three weeks. In case you didn’t know, the Amazonia provides over 20% of the Earth’s oxygen and is considered as the lungs of the planet. It is the home to three million species of animals and plants and one million indigenous people. Can you imagine, more than 20% of where our oxygen comes from is burning away?!
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On Monday afternoon, the sky of the biggest city in Brazil, São Paulo was blanketed by the smoke of the burning Amazon rainforest. BBC reported that strong winds carried the smoke from the Amazon fires burning nearly 2,700km (1,700 miles) away. The smoke resulting from some of these wildfires was also captured from space, released by NASA last week.
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Reuters reported the Amazon rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, citing new data released by the country’s space agency The National Institute for Space Research. The agency said its satellite data detected more than 72,000 fires since January, an 83% increase over the same period of 2018.
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According to NASA, the fire frequency has increased by 82% this year from January to August compared to the same period last year due to droughts and human activities, though the Amazon rainforest has been fire-resistant for much of its history because of its natural moisture and humidity. NASA also added:
“The intensity and frequency of droughts in turn, have been linked with increases in regional deforestation and anthropogenic climate change.”
Image credit: The Brazilian Report
People worldwide are sharing their horror on social media. We must utilise social media in order to raise awareness about climate change. Our planet is deteriorating before our eyes as a result of climate change. This is frightening.
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