The Amazon rainforest has been burning for decades, and we’re only finding out about it now

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News of the Amazon Rainforest fire caused a heavy uproar on social media, and the world is starting to panic about the causes of climate change. The forest provides the earth 20 percent of its flowing fresh water, and is the most important ecosystem on our planet. 

And it has been burning for decades without our knowledge. 

There have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon this year alone, and fires have been occurring since the climate’s temperature soared. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84 percent increase in the same period in 2018.  It comes weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sacked the head of the agency amid rows over its deforestation data.

The rainforest is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming, and is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.

Brazil Pres. Bolsonaro and his refusal to believe in climate change has been under the spotlight for this incident, but the truth is, the forest has been under consistent fires since the late 1900s. Wildfires often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching. 

However, it is mostly due to the rising temperatures of our planet, which will not stop unless a collective action against climate change happens.

[BBC]

 

Photo courtesy of  Carrie Ann’s Instagram account

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