[VIDEOS] Amazon rainforest 'lungs of the world' burning at record rate
Amazon rainforest 'lungs of the world' burning at a record rate, says the National Institute for Space Research since it began tracking them in 2013.
Environmental groups are pointing fingers at Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro for relaxing environmental controls and with policies that favour development over conservation and actively encouraging deforestation.
There was worldwide outcry when the #NotreDame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #Amazon Rainforest?#PrayforAmazonas #Brazil— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) August 21, 2019
When Notre Dame was burning, the world's media covered every moment of it and billionaires rushed to restore it. Right now the Amazon is burning, the lungs of our planet. It has been burning for 3 weeks now. No media coverage. No billionaires. #PrayforAmazonia pic.twitter.com/DVSoIx455G— Damon Gameau 🌎 (@damongameau) August 21, 2019
The fires can be seen from space...
AMAZON FIRE SEEN FROM SPACE— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) August 21, 2019
LOOK: Huge pillars of thick smoke coming from a wild forest fire razing the Amazon rainforest for weeks were seen from space. | (Photos courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory) pic.twitter.com/kRpiRTj1XU
The sky above Sao Paulo turned dark from smoke thousands of kilometres away...
🌎Just a little alert to the world: the sky randomly turned dark today in São Paulo, and meteorologists believe it’s smoke from the fires burning *thousands* of kilometers away, in Rondônia or Paraguay. Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke(!). SOS🌎 pic.twitter.com/P1DrCzQO6x— Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) August 20, 2019
Actress Lesley-Ann Brandt shared 9 things you can do to help.
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