Research Found That Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest is Burning at a Record Rate
The Amazon rainforest is a moist broadleaf forest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 km2 (2,700,000 square miles), of which 5,500,000 km2 (2,100,000 square miles) are covered by the rainforest. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and France.
Currently, fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could counter the fight against climate change. The fires are burning at the highest rate according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), who began tracking them in 2013.
Environmental activists and organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund warn that if the Amazon reaches a point of no return, the rainforest could become a dry savannah, no longer habitable for much of its wildlife. Instead of being a source of oxygen, it could start emitting carbon, the major driver of climate change.
Serious measures need to be taken to bring these fire disasters to an end. Hot and dry conditions in the Northern Hemisphere are a consequence of this unprecedented warming. Decreased rainfall also makes for parched forests that are prone to burning.