The region is home to about 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plants, and some 2,000 birds and mammals. 40,000 plant species, 1,300 bird species, 3,000 types of fish, 430 mammals and a whopping 2.5 million different insects.
#AmazonRainforest fires seen from space ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ°— WMO | OMM (@WMO) August 22, 2019
The smoke has spread across several Brazilian states,this @NASA image shows
Fires release pollutants including particulate matter & toxic gases such as carbon monoxide,nitrogen oxides &non-methane organic compounds into the atmosphere pic.twitter.com/VmuWlhH88r
More tracking of the #wildfire smoke, this time from @NOAASatellites ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ°— WMO | OMM (@WMO) August 22, 2019
Space observation of our Earth and our atmosphere underpins weather forecasts, early warning of hazards and analysis of #ClimateChange trends.pic.twitter.com/QIaO2F8PNZ
In the Amazon region, wildfires have surged 83% this year compared to 2018, according to Brazil's space research agency INPE. The government agency has registered 72,843 fires, the highest number since records began in 2013. More than 9,500 have been spotted by satellites since last Thursday alone, The Hindu reported.
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There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest? . **UPDATE** We’re all outraged and heartbroken by what’s happening, and it’s easy to feel powerless, but there are things YOU can do. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ . 1. Show your outrage. Add this post to your story, keep sharing updates, tag friends, family and influencers. The more voices we have, the louder our call. . 2. Educate yourself. The more you know about the crisis that’s happening, the more that can be done. . 3. Think about the things you eat. Food production is the leading cause of deforestation, as land is being cleared to rear livestock, and to grow feed for livestock. Less demand means less deforestation. . 4. Sign our petition calling on world leaders to put this issue at the top of their agenda. (Link in bio) . 5. Donate to our emergency Amazon appeal. (Link in bio) . #FightForYourWorld #Deforestation #ClimateCrisis #Rainforest #Amazon
Did you know that in April 2019, the Ecuadorian court stopped oil exploration activities in 1,800 square kilometers of the Amazon rainforest? In July 2019, the court also forbade the government to sell territory within the forests to oil companies in an attempt to curb deforestation and prevent the misuse of the rainforest.