Amazon rainforest has suffered 72,000 fires in the period between January and August.
Satellite data has shown 9,500 forest fires in the Amazon since past Thursday alone.
- Wildfires are known to be a consequence of dry season. But the Amazon fire that has been going for 16 days now is the biggest in human history.
- A football pitch sized area of the Amazon Rainforest is destroyed every minute but that may be more in the current situation.
- There were fewer than 40,000 wildfires in Amazon in the whole of 2018.
- Very often, illegal deforestation is taken up by setting the forest aflame. The current situation shows inaction on the governments part.
- Strong winds caused the smoke from Amazon to come down on Sao Paulo. The two are 2700 km from one another.
- Global consequences of the fire and deforestation are inevitable. We are looking at a global phenomenon – Atmospheric Oxygen reduction.
What’s the cause of Amazon Fires?
- Many conservationists are accusing Bolsonaro because of the sacking of the director of the National Institute of Space Research.
- The President has seen the latest data and scoffed. The man owns up to the act, quoted by Reuters saying, “I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame,” he was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
- He clearly believes that there are no consequences for the Catastrophe he is causing.
- Bolsonaro has seen criticism and the colossal fire has led to a blackout in Sao Paulo, making his intentions clear.
- Researchers saw accentuated loss of the Amazon since the President took office. His policies favour development over conservation.
- The right-wing President sacked the director, accusing him of lying about the scale of deforestation.
- Amazon is the largest terrestrial ecosystem in the world and accounts for at least 1/3rd of all the oxygen produced on the planet. Arguably the most important.
- Destruction of Amazon means mankind obliteration. Amazon fires going on today are paving the way to Doomsday.
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BY PRITHVI BEHL, DKODING MEDIA