The Amazon plays an important role in the fight against global warming due to its ability to absorb carbon from the air. It’s considered to be “Lungs of the Earth,” for producing more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen.
It is said it had observed more than 9,500 forest fires just since Thursday, mostly in the Amazon region. Bolsonaro largely dismissed the latest data, saying it was the “season of the queimada,” when farmers use fire to clear land.
Fires are spreading across at a rapid speed in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists concern that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change as its refereed to supply more than 20% Oxygen to our planet.
Environmental organizations and researchers believe that the wildfires raging in this rainforest were set by cattle ranchers and loggers who want to clear and utilize the land, emboldened by the country’s pro-business president.
Christian Poirier, the program director of non-profit organization Amazon Watch mentions that “The vast majority of these fires are caused by humans”. He believes that even during dry seasons, the Amazon — a humid rainforest — doesn’t catch on fire easily, unlike the dry bushland in California or Australia.
The Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the number of fires in Brazil are 80% higher compared to last year. More than half are in the Amazon region, spelling disaster for the local as well as global environment and ecology.
And 99% percent of the fires caused by human actions intentionally or by accident. The burning can rise due to small-scale agricultural practice, to new deforestation for a mechanised and modern agribusiness project.
If this rain forest which is referred as “lungs of the earth” is irrevocably damaged, it could start emitting carbon instead — the major driver of climate change.
The government officials believe that the fires were caused by dry weather, wind, and heat. But meteorologist firmly think the fires are “definitely human-induced,” and can’t be attributed to natural causes like lightning strikes.
San Paulo,Brazil skies darkened over for an hour Monday afternoon after a cold front caused winds to shift and carry smoke from about 1,700 miles away.
In a nutshell, the Amazon rainforest is extremely essential to balance the environmental conditions of our planet, if not taken care it will lead us toward serious irreversible disaster.