• Emily Johnson

Amazon rainforest, largest rainforest in the world, is burning

The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon, is currently burning. This huge rainforest creates 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and also contains 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity. The Amazon is referred to as the “lungs of the planet” and also plays a huge role in regulating the climate.


It has been on fire for three weeks, burning at a record rate. It’s the highest on record since 2013, but with an 83 percent increase. Brazil has declared a state of emergency over the drastically rising numbers of fires. So far this year, Brazil has recorded about 73,000 fires in the country by their space research center, INPE.


The rain forest is typically wet and humid, but July and August are its driest months, thereby raising the chances of it catching fire. Fire is often used to clear out land for farming and ranches, and because of that, the current Amazon rainforest burning is likely

CNN captures a photo of the rainforest burning

the result of human actions.


Greenhouse gas emissions increase as with the number of fires. This makes the overall temperature of the planet rise, increasing global warming. With the temperature rising, extreme weather events are bound to happen, such as droughts. 


According to Greenpeace, “In addition to increasing emissions, deforestation contributes directly to a change in rainfall patterns in the affected region, extending the length of the dry season, further affecting forests, biodiversity, agriculture and human health.” This suggests that even when the fire is out, there will still be damage happening.

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