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The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate

The conservationist Paul Rosolie who fights to protect 30,000 acres of Amazonian habitat walks devastated on the burning earth. Mohsin Kazmi. All rights reserved.

RUNDOWN. Nearly 80,000 fires have been registered across Brazil through Aug. 24, an 83% increase from last year, according to the space research agency INPE. How did we get here? The key points to understand the drama that the planet is undergoing since now 3 weeks.

By Marie Le Blé ...
Created : Aug. 24, 2019, 3:20 PM - Modified : Aug. 29, 2019, 11:55 PM
  • The Amazon rainforest in Brazil, known as "the lung of the Earth", is being devoured by violent forest fires since 3 weeks straight. 
  • In a 48-hour period, leading up to Thursday, there were more than 2,500 active fires in the Brazilian rainforest,
  • The Amazon, home of 1 million Indigenous people from up to 500 tribes and 3 million species, covers more than 2 million square miles across nine South American countries. 
  • Amazon deforestation began in earnest in the 1970s, reaching its peak rate at the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s.

To help and support the Amazon: @junglekeepers

Reuters, CBS News, BBC and Paul Rosolie contributed to this report.

Photos by Mohsin Kazmi and Anastasia Zhenina from Pexels




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