Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Amazon rainforest fires: Is anyone putting out the Amazon fires? Are they being put out? | World | News

Fires are often started to clear out the land for cattle farming or ranching – a practical which, while illegal, is supposedly endorsed by the President.

In contrast, Jair Bolsonaro has publicly lashed out at non-governmental organisations (NGOs), blaming them for setting the fires in retaliation to funding cuts.

He later denied ever accusing NGOs for the blazes, when asked if he had evidence for his sensationalised claims.

Protests have now broken out across the globe over Bolsonaro’s role in the unfolding environmental crisis. 

The Amazon Rainforest generates more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and is home to some 3million plants and animal species, and 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity.

Referred to as “the lungs of the planet”, the Amazon is crucial to life on Earth.

Now, however, the size and sheer of the rainforest has been reduced dramatically.

And in a 48-hour period, leading up to Thursday, there were more than 2,500 active fires in the Brazilian rainforest – where you could even see the smoke from space.

Satellite images show fires in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Rondonia, Para and Mato Grosso.

It’s not just the deforestation that is problematic, however.

The World Meteorological Organisation, the United Nation’s weather arm, tweeted: “Fires release pollutants including particulate matter & toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides  and non-methane organic compounds into the atmosphere.”

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