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The Amazon is on Fire

Meanwhile in Amazonia... As massive fires rage at a record rate in the Amazon rainforest, Brazilians are sounding the alarm worldwide by using the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia.

Deforestation in Brazil

São Paulo plunged into darkness in the middle of the day…The reason for these shocking images: huge wildfires burning through Amazonia. Since the start of July 2019, forest fires are raging through the Amazonas and Rondônia states, in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Several thousands of people have responded to the crisis on social media using the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia. Several elements are to blame for these fires, both on a natural but also human level. The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.

Tweet:

Let's help share awareness, it's our mother earth (our home) we're talking about!! #PrayforAmazonia

We can’t survive without lungs, Could earth survive without its lungs? #PrayforAmazonas #prayforamazonia

Please pray for it and spread what it's happening because it's not only harmful to Brazil, it is harmful to the whole world! #PrayforAmazonia

In July 2019, the deforestation rate in Brazil was nearly 4 times higher than in July 2018 according to INPE in 2019. Some activists and politicians blame the policy enforced by Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President, for being the cause of this increased deforestation. On August 13, the smoke produced by the various fires spread across an area of 3.2 million km2. It was this smoke, mixed with that of neighboring countries,that plunged Sao Paulo into darkness, even though the city is located several thousands of kilometers from the various fires. Between January 1st and August 19th, 2019, the number of forest fires in Brazil soared by 83% compared to the same period in 2018 based on a 2019 study by the INPE Queimadas Program.

According to the WWF, Amazonia houses about 50 to 70% of global biodiversity.

Brut. Nature

08/21/2019 5:05 PMupdated: 08/22/2019 10:03 AM
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  • Shaista B.
    08/21/2019 17:12

    Why don't they use artificial rain etc.. to stop it

  • Shenobi J.
    08/21/2019 17:14

    Deliberately set on behalf of the palm oil companies, corporate rape for profits.

  • Liah G.
    08/21/2019 17:16

    😭😭

  • Powers P.
    08/21/2019 17:17

    The end is getting near and there won't be anyone to save you but yourself.

  • Shaun R.
    08/21/2019 17:17

    Deliberate . Brazilian government are so corrupted , getting backhanders from Palm oil and gold corporation

  • Saidou K.
    08/21/2019 17:18

    It's the work of multinationals

  • Perca P.
    08/21/2019 17:18

    Someone please let them know that praying won't help them.

  • S J.
    08/21/2019 17:21

    And Trump wants to buy Greenland...n media buys that kinda story n forgets Amazon fires...

  • Swavka K.
    08/21/2019 17:22

    This is deliberate - now to find the perpetrators and jail them. Or is this a case of need more land for farmers/mines or just to sell to the Chinese. I can see foresee natural disasters on the horizon and it will probably be Bolsonaros fault. Someone knows find them and then line them up and shoot them.

  • Amos L.
    08/21/2019 17:24

    Our burning lungs😮😣😥

  • Carlos Z.
    08/21/2019 17:25

    Would "pray" if god even existed. We need human help. Not superstitious bullshit

  • Wayne D.
    08/21/2019 17:25

    This is so depressing.

  • Guilherme N.
    08/21/2019 17:26

    Fuck Bolsonaro

  • Nicola E.
    08/21/2019 17:26

    This has to stop!

  • Monika M.
    08/21/2019 17:30

    Oh...fucking....hell! :(

  • Vanessa P.
    08/21/2019 17:31

    that fucker of that president is destroying brazil and the worse is that the people are agreeing with all those shit he is doing.

  • Sharon M.
    08/21/2019 17:33

    The poor wildlife animals. Humans are such hideous, cruel monters!!!

  • Sharma K.
    08/21/2019 17:34

    What's going on... 😵 stop fire somehow..what Govt doing.. Hell

  • Jan B.
    08/21/2019 17:34

    Russian forests are burning as well

  • Henrique F.
    08/21/2019 17:35

    I’m Brazilian and live here... since the last elections the country is a mess, totally out of control... more than 300 toxic pesticides (crop products) were released, some of them have been banned around the word already and now are legal here... beyond the toxic food, now they will cut off Amazonia to extract gold and other resources in a very short term looking strategy... there’s no doubt that this is a result of our non-human president - I’m really sorry about that and claim: someone has to stop him! Help!