Charlie Buttrey

August 23, 2019

The Amazon rainforest — the largest rainforest in the world — is commonly referred to as the “lungs of the earth.” It plays a crucial rule in trapping greenhouse gases, and it is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.

And, according to this article on the BBC website, it is literally on fire. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the number of fires in the country’s Amazon rainforest this year has increased 84 percent from the same time a year before. The agency said it detected more than 74,000 fires between January and August, the most since the data began in 2013. Conservationists place blame at the feet of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who, they say, “has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land.”

I don’t think this is going to end well.

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