The fires in the Amazon are not slowing down. In August alone, flames appeared there over 28,000 times. While the infamous record has not been broken, scientists believe that such widespread fires occur too often, fueling progressive climate change.
Smoke is constantly rising over the Brazilian Amazon jungle. On Saturday, the fire began to break through the rainforest again, and the charred remains of trees fell to the ground. The recordings show how the flames are moving deeper and deeper into the jungle, destroying its heritage.
The fires are getting worse
Rainforest fires escalated in August this year, according to information made available by Brazilian authorities. This is another time when the scale of damage exceeds the historical average.
According to statistics, as many as 28,060 fires occurred last month. Brazil’s national space research agency, Inpe, said it was four percent less than in August 2020. It was then that the fire consumed most hectares of land in over a decade. However, such huge fires occur more and more often.
The situation in the Amazon is significantly influenced by the policies of President Jair Bolsonardo, whose actions are criticized for fueling the country’s economic development, while lacking sufficient environmental protection.
The issue of climate
Scientists fear that the rapid pace of forest destruction may soon result in more severe and long-term effects of climate change, which will be felt not only in Brazil but also around the world.
The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. They see it as an important barrier against climate change. Thanks to trees, a huge amount of carbon dioxide – one of the greenhouse gases – is absorbed and stored.
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