RECORD NUMBER OF FIRES IN AMAZONIA
Let's all #ActForAmazonia
Brazil has seen a record number of fires in 2019, Brazilian space agency data suggests. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) says its satellite data shows an 85% increase on the same period in 2018.
More than 75,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year - the highest number since 2013. That compares with 40,000 in the same period in 2018.
The fires have been releasing a large amount of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 228 megatonnes so far this year, according to Cams, the highest since 2010.
The Amazon basin - home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people - is crucial to regulating global warming, with its forests absorbing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
But when trees are cut or burned, the carbon they are storing is released into the atmosphere and the rainforest's capacity to absorb carbon emissions is reduced.
The Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) has stated the recent increase in the number of fires in the Amazon is directly related to deliberate deforestation. While the exact scale of deforestation in the rainforest will only be certain when 2019 figures are published at the end of the year, preliminary data suggests a significant rise. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) tracks suspected deforestation in real-time using satellite data, sending out alerts to flag areas that may have been cleared. Over 10,000 alerts were sent out in July alone. Deforestation was 278% higher in July 2019 than in July 2018, according to INPE.
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What can you do to help?
1. Sign this petition that calls all level of the Brasilian Government to urgently stop the fires in the Amazon.
2. Look for organizations like Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Concern, Rainforest Action Network and WWF that are doing hard work to protect and help the Amazon and our environment, and donate if you can! Every cent counts!
3. Share the news and how you are and will try to protect your environment. Motivate people around you to do the same!