UPDATE: Amazon forest might finally be saved by Brazilian government
The Brazilian government has finally decided to deploy troops to help stop the Amazon forest from burning down.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the world’s largest rainforest has been burning for over three weeks at unprecedented rates.
And you might also know that the Brazilian president has been criticised for not being very helpful in taking steps to stop the fires. Until Thursday, he claimed that the government lacked the resources.
On Friday, however, President Jair Bolsonaro stated that he would direct the military to enforce laws and take measures to contain the fires.
So his ministers took action, and on Saturday, some 44,000 troops were been made available to the Amazon region.
A total of four states have requested the backup of the federal government for their firefighting efforts.
Brazilian satellite data has shown that the number of wildfires in the country jumped by 83%, so far in 2019, compared to the corresponding period last year.
More than half of the fires have occurred in the Amazon.
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The #amazonrainforest, which is the world’s largest eco-system, has been burning for three weeks now. The Amazon provides 20% of the Earth’s oxygen supply and holds 1/5 of the Earth’s fresh water, losing this rainforest in a fire will mean an increased rate of global warming on Earth. #prayforamazonia began to trend on twitter after the smoke from the fires started to blacken Brazilian skies, including those of São Paulo, which is almost 2,400km away from the burning forest. This is a serious wake up call. Video credits - @wwf_uk