Brazil’s Amazon forest is burning at an alarming rate.
According to CNBC, the Latin American rainforest has seen an 84% increase in wildfires this year. Using satellites, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) indicated the uptick with more than 70,000 fires this year. This is the highest number since records began in 2013.
Many experts estimate that more than 1 1/2 soccer fields of rainforest are burning every minute of every day. The rainforest provides 20% of the oxygen for the Earth’s atmosphere and is seen as key weapon in the fight against global warming, CNN reports.
People all the way in Sao Paulo, more than 1,700 miles away from the rainforest, are feeling the effects. Earlier this week, the sky turned back in the middle of the afternoon, covering the sun with smoke and ash.
“Just a little alert to the world: the sky randomly turned dark today in Sao Paulo, and meteorologists believe it’s smoke form the fires burning *thousands* of kilometers away, in Rondonia or Paraguay. Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke(!)” New York Times reporter Shannon Sims tweeted.
She continued her tweets with a photo of a bottle filled with black liquid: “There’s more: some Sao Paulo residents collected rain yesterday when the sky turned dark (from a combination of a cold front & forest fires thousands of miles away). This is what it…
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