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Amazon forest burns at record rate

August 23, 2019

In a huge setback to drastic climate change, the Amazon forests in Brazil are burning at a record rate killing millions of flora and fauna. The forests have been burning for the past three weeks and reportedly, this can be seen from space from the satellite images that were shared by space organisations like NASA. Some of the main areas affected are the Amazonas, Mato Grasso, Para and Rondonia. The smoke from the fire has reached as far as 1700 miles away at places like San Paulo where the clouds were seen darkened since the past few days.

The Amazon is burning at the fastest rate in years. It's no accident. Deforestation and extractive industries are destroying biodiversity, and our planet's best carbon sink. We need bold action to combat these horrific fires and protect the Amazon-Julian Castro, American Politician.

Known as the lungs of planet Earth, Amazon forests generates over 20% of the total oxygen needed for the planet. That means, the effect of this forest fire is crossing Brazilian borders which will have a devastating effect on Earth soon. According to reports, people clearing off the forests for farming and other purposes is what caused the fire.

Many people, including renowned international celebrities and politicians took to social media to express their shock and anxiety over officials not doing anything to bring down the fire. Hashtags #PrayForAmazonas and #AmazonRainForest are trending on social media.

"In a world that now sees environmental destruction as commonplace, the #AmazonFire will still go down as one of the greatest tragedies of our times. The Amazon is the lungs of the earth - producing more than 20% of the oxygen all life on earth needs to live", tweeted Australian politician Richard Di Natale.

"Our forest are our lungs. I'm devastated to read all the news coming from Brazil. 72,843 fires this year have been destroying the largest rainforest in the world. The Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming", tweeted Fashion Journalist Nina Garcia.

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