Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

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Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest is experiencing record fires this year, with more than 72,000 fires recorded in the Amazon so far in 2019. Millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere, and more than a football field worth of Amazon forest is falling every minute. Environmentalists around the world are concerned, as the Amazon rainforest is a key part of regulating the Earth’s climate.

Are the fires being extinguished?

There are still many active fires throughout the Amazon rainforest, and scorched trees and earth can be seen in staggering photos.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has mobilised the Brazilian army to tackle the flames, according to Euronews.

Despite being in the peak of the dry season, there are also forecasts for rain and thunderstorms – although these are not likely to have a lasting impact on the blazes.

Experts have said the weak rainfall forecast is unlikely to extinguish any of the fires, with just pockets of rain predicted.

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Maria Silva Dias, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Sao Paulo said: “In some points, you could put out some fires, certainly, but these are isolated points, it’s not the whole area.

“The whole area needs it to rain more regularly, and this will only happen further down the line, around October.”

Ms Dias said she hoped the military would help to prevent new fires but putting out existing fires is a harder task.

She said: “The small fires will be extinguished but the big fires will go on for a while.”

How to help amazon rainforest – Can you donate?

Celebrities and public figures have been sharing links to various organisations which work towards ending deforestation and preserving and restoring the rainforest.

Here is a list of some of the charities and organisations which are working to save the rainforest.

Leonardo DiCaprio donated $5 million (£4.08million) to Earth Alliance, which will give the money to local groups and indigenous communities working to protect the Amazon.

A statement on the Earth Alliance website says: “The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet’s best defences against the climate crisis.”

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