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Angola And DR Congo 'Have More Blazes' Than The Amazon

Angola And DR Congo 'Have More Blazes' Than The Amazon

Blazes that have ripped through the Amazon have prompted action from all across the globe with Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance donating $5 million (£4m) to help the crisis.

But now NASA has released satellite footage showing that other places across the planet are also suffering with evidence that there are more fires burning in central Africa.

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According to Bloomberg, there have been 6,902 fires in Angola over the past 48 hours recorded, compared to 3,395 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2,127 in Brazil - explaining that it is not an uncommon phenomenon for Central Africa.

Data from Weather Source suggested that over a two day period last week, Angola had roughly three times more fires than in Brazil.

French President Emmanuel Macron described fires in the Amazon as an 'international crisis' which led people to accuse him of ignoring the blazes elsewhere.

Someone wrote: "Fires in Africa already supersede ours and Macron and other prophets of the apocalypse didn't say a single word."

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Fires have ripped through the Amazon. Credit: PA
Fires have ripped through the Amazon. Credit: PA

According to others, the fires in Central Africa could be what are known as 'slash-and-burn' fires which are a 'common' way of creating farmland. .

Global science and environment correspondent for AFP, Patrick Galey tweeted saying: "There are currently several times more #wildfires in #Angola than the #Amazon, according to @NASA. But they appear to be largely crop fires, which is to be expected as this is the time of year farmers clear land".

Fire consumes the Amazon rain forest in Altamira, Brazil. Credit: PA
Fire consumes the Amazon rain forest in Altamira, Brazil. Credit: PA

Days ago, an organisation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio committed a massive chunk of money to help authorities tackle the many fires currently burning in the forest of the Amazon which has been dubbed as 'the world's lungs'.

Earth Alliance has donated $5 million to the fire effort, which will go to five local organisations that are directly related to combating the collective blaze.

Those organisations are Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).

Leonardo DiCaprio is doing all he can to help. Credit: PA
Leonardo DiCaprio is doing all he can to help. Credit: PA

But the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star isn't just donating his own organisation's money, he's let regular people know how they can help.

He wrote on Instagram last week: "The lungs of the Earth are in flame. The Brazilian Amazon - home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species - has been burning for more than two weeks straight."

He went on: "Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth's warming in check. ⁣⁣The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?"

He explained: "As an emergency response, donate to front line Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣

"Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance's community forestry initiatives across the world's most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defence against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors.

"Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣

"Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation.

"When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action - including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣⁣"

Featured Image Credit: NASA

Topics: World News, News, Amazon

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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