Extreme Wildfires Ravage Amazon Rain Forest for Third Straight Week

I’m probably late to this party by now, but so was most of the world, it seems. For the past three weeks, over 2,500 different fires have been destroying large areas of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil.

According to this link, which answers a lot of questions about this story, wildfires are to be expected during the dry season. However, these fires have increased 84 percent since since last year, a jump which is hard to dismiss. The cause of the fires is still unknown.

This story was notably under-reported until recently, when smoke darkened Sao Paulo’s skies at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been under intense pressure for his lackluster response to this incident. Many scientists call the Amazon the “lungs of the planet,” and there has been international outcry to get these fires under control.

For the sake of not just travel but also the air quality of the world, I hope they can save this rain forest as quickly as possible.

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