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The World’s Biggest Rainforest Is Burning & You Can Actually See It From Space [Pictures]

The forest fires are getting out of control.

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In case you haven’t heard, the Amazon rainforest has been burning non-stop for the last three weeks. and the fire is getting intense with the passage of time.

According to Reuters, the intensity of fire has gotten so ferocious that the smoke it is generating can be seen from outer space. Yes, you heard that right.

The Amazon rainforest is spread across an area of 6.7 millions square kilometers and it has experienced as many as 72,843 fires this year.

Moreover, the locals of Sao Paulo reported dark clouds over the city earlier. These were later confirmed by meteorologists as the smoke rising from the fire in Amazon rainforest.

It should be mentioned that Sao Paulo is almost three thousand Kilometers away from the Amazon rainforest!


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NASA Shares Images from Space

The images shared by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shows Brazilian states being covered in smoke.

Twitter Shares its concerns

People on Twitter have been sharing their concerns regarding the wild fire. Twitterati have been calling out the media for ignoring how dangerous this forest fire is. These fires have been raging on for three weeks.

 


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This is alarming:

The World Needs To Worry About The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is also known as the “Lungs of the Planet” because more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in this rainforest.

Moreover, the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is responsible for increasing the world’s temperature. Thanks to these rainforests, the Amazon’s ability of absorbing tons of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, helps keep the earth cool.

The Amazon river is the second largest river in the world and is responsible for carrying 20% of the world’s water to sea. According to statistics, it delivers 55 million gallons of water to the Atlantic Ocean every second.

Moreover, the Amazon Rainforest is home to as much as 30% of the world’s species.

These are just a handful of reasons why the Amazon Rainforest is integral to our survival. Hope the authorities succeed in controlling the raging fires engulfing it.

Written by Arslan Khattak

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