The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, roughly half the size of the United States, is key to the health of the entire planet. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world’s oxygen while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up.
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The Amazon is sucking in carbon and greenhouse gases while slowing the rising temperatures. But it’s now burning at a record rate — with images from space showing the smoke covering much of Brazil. It’s not the only major forest under assault. Nearly half of the world’s forests that stood when humans started farming are now gone, and each year an additional 32 million acres are destroyed, according to the nonprofit Rainforest Alliance. The biggest reason is the expansion of agriculture into forested areas. In Brazil, it’s cattle ranching, soy production, and logging, according to Nigel Sizer, a tropical forest ecologist, and chief program officer with the Rainforest Alliance. “It is responsible for 80% to 90% of the loss of tropical forests around the world.” Environmental groups say these activities can be slowed or done in a much more sustainable way.
This #Sentinel2 animation (true colour) from 28/07 – 17/08 north of Vista Alegre do Abuña, at the limit of the #Rondonia and #Amazonas states, shows how the fires and resulting smoke developed in this period #activeearth pic.twitter.com/iKeTBxdWnH
— Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) August 21, 2019