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The Amazon rainforest is on fire; It has been burning for 3 weeks and we have just found out about it!

The Amazon Forest produces more than 20 percentages the world’s oxygen and is home to more than half of the world’s species of plants, animals, and insects.

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Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the Amazon which is often referred to as the planet’s lungs, producing 20% of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Amazon River stretches across several of these South American countries, but the majority that is more than two-thirds, of the rainforest lies in Brazil.

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According to INPE – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (National Institute for Space Research), more than 1½ soccer fields of Amazon rain-forest are being destroyed every minute of every day.

Brazil has declared a state of emergency over the rising number of fires in the region earlier this month. The recent Amazon fires sent a plume of smoke drifting far southeastward across Brazil, darkening the skies over some cities and towns.

As being reported, so far this year, almost 73,000 fires have been detected by Brazil’s space research center INPE. That marks an 83% increase from 2018 and the highest number on record since 2013.

The European Union’s satellite program, Copernicus has released a map showing smoke from the fires spreading all across Brazil to the east Atlantic coast. The rising smoke has covered nearly half of the country and is even spilling over into neighboring Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Environment activists, who have long been Environmental groups have long been campaigning to save the Amazon, blame Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, for the endangerment of the vital rainforest.

Bolsonaro’s environmental policies have been controversial from the start. The activists accuse him of relaxing environmental controls in the country and encouraging deforestation.

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Social media users have started the hashtags #PrayforAmazonas and #AmazonRainforest. People also came forward criticizing media for giving more attention to the fire at Notre Dame and other news than to the rainforest fires.

Fans of the K-Pop band BTS, known as the Army, are also rallying on Twitter to spread the word about the Amazon the fires, with tens of thousands of people tweeting the hashtag #ArmyHelpThePlanet.

The images of the burning forest showing the devastations have been flooded the internet.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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