The world’s largest rainforest is engulfed in flames

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, threatening the fight against climate change


By Maha Ali

Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, which has seen a record number of fires this year, is currently engulfed in flames. The reason why these wildfires have broken out is because in the dry season in Brazil is due to the heat emissions as a result of increased levels of deforestation in the area, according to news reports.

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and it is a essential carbon store responsible for slowing down the pace of global warming.  In addition the forest is resident to one million indigenous people and around three million different species of plants and animals.

In a report by BBC News, it stated that the The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe)  claims that it has observed more than 9,500 forest fires since Thursday predominantly in the Amazon region. Residents of São Paulo witnessed a sky resembling an apocalypse that was dark grey and densely covered on Tuesday.

The President of BrazilJair Bolsonaro, in a press interview angered millions by saying that NGO’s may be setting fires in the Amazon with the agenda of embarrassing the Brazilian government since it cut their funding. Twitter users are arguing that there is no proof to back his claims and are calling him out for being irresponsible about the environmental crisis.