Air On Fire

The Amazon Is Burning

The amazon up in flames.

Photo taken from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/AmazonFire

The amazon up in flames.

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The news is known for covering many of the world’s tragedies but what they have not been covering the past 3 weeks is how the Amazon is on fire. The Amazon is a rainforest that is known for being humid and super wet all while stretching 2.1 million square miles over Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and France said from World Wild Life. For the Amazon, there is a dry season that stretches from July to August and comes back to being a normal climate for the rainforest in November.

The fire started approximately three weeks ago and since then has not been covered pretty much at all, it is gut-wrenching to think that a place that supplies 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is burning to the ground, the Amazon is the lungs of the Earth. 

Not only does the Amazon host stuff for us, but it also hosts many homes for all the species that live there which include The scarlet macaw, tree frogs, green leaf frogs, jaguars, harpy eagles, and pink river dolphins. The rainforest hosts 40,000 plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species and more than 370 types of reptiles according to Rainforest Alliance. All of the homes and places that these species have become accustomed too are now burning to the ground and it is not getting enough coverage in the media. The river animals have nowhere to live and they are suffocating and suffering due to air pollution. The animals can not run fast enough to escape the poor air and horrific flames.

There are many speculations of how this fire began. One of the speculations was from NASA saying that the fire started from the drought and human activities and it has also been said that the fires were intentional because people wanted to clear land for cattle ranching.  Fox News has also mentioned how the fire is so large and so destructive that it is visible from space. This fire has been burning the last 21 days and it has taken more than 60% of the Amazon in its destruction.

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