The National Institute for Space Research in Brazil says the fires affecting the Amazon rainforest are burning at a rapid rate.
CNN reports scientists are warning the public that the fires could be a devastating blow to the global climate due to the forests producing 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. The rainforest is also home to many species of animals and plants and the smoke has traveled to Sao Paolo, leaving the city in complete darkness during the day.
The fires have been burning down the rainforest for three weeks but it is gaining worldwide attention due to videos and pictures being shared by social media users. Each day, the fires burn approximately 2.6 acres of land per minute.
Amazon is burning for more than 10 days now and the smoke can be seen from space. This is apocalyptic Sao Paolo sky in afternoon →
— Ganesh 歓喜天 (@ganeshkulkarni) August 21, 2019
Environmentalists are blaming Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, for approving deforestation and using the Amazon rainforest to revitalize the country’s economy.
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