The Amazon is losing about 3 football fields’ worth of rainforest per minute

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A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Novo Airao, Amazonas state, Brazil August 21, 2019.Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Wildfires have been blazing through the Amazon over the last few weeks, causing a loss equivalent to three football fields per minute, according to data from Brazilian satellites.
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported an 80% increase in wildfires, with a total of 72,843 incidents this year.
Losing this much surface area from the Amazon could make the effects of climate change “irreversible.”

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The Amazon has been ravaged by man-made wildfires over the last few weeks, and it is losing the equivalent of three football

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