Shocking Pictures Bring Home The Extent Of Fires In The Amazon
The shocking reality of the devastation currently being caused to the Amazon rainforest has been shown to its full extent in a picture from Global Forest Watch.
It is thought that around three football pitches worth of valuable carbon-storing rainforest is being destroyed by fire every single minute.
More than 9,500 fires have been started across Brazil - mostly in the Amazon region - since August 15.
The smoke from fires in the Amazonas and Rondonia areas of the country managed to travel more than 1,700 miles across the country to cause blackouts in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, earlier this week.
NASA has also released satellite images that show the amount of smoke being kicked into the atmosphere as a result.
Figures from INPE, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, show that the rainforest lost 519 square miles of trees in July.
That's the largest amount of deforestation in a single month ever.
A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Amazonas on Monday.
Global Forest Watch uses data from satellites to monitor and track fires and is sponsored by the World Resources Institute.
There has been international uproar about the fires because of the size, number, and scale of instances, but also whether enough is being done by the Brazilian authorities to combat them.
Brazil's far right President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticised by environmentalists and foreign leaders who have accused him of allowing loggers and farmers to intentionally start fires in the rainforest so that the land - formerly covered by trees - can be developed.
Bolsonaro has argued that the country is being held back economically by protective measures regarding the rainforest.
French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to speak out about the fires. Macron called the situation an international crisis and said that issue should be discussed at the Group of Seven nations summit in France this weekend.
He tweeted: "Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rainforest the lungs which produces 20 per cent of our planet's oxygen is on fire."
Bolsonaro hit back with a tweet of his own, saying: "I regret that Macron seeks to make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries. The sensationalist tone he used does nothing to solve the problem."
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