The Amazon rainforest has been reeling under fires
prompting global concerns.
According to Brazilian Space Research Agency
(INPE), more than 74,000 fires have been recorded in the Amazon region between
January and August 2019. There has been an 84% increase in the number of fires
compared with the same period in 2018
According to scientists from the University of
Maryland, most of the fires are on agricultural land where the forest had
already been cleared.
The Amazon rainforest is a moist broadleaf
tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of
The majority of the forest is contained within
Brazil (60%), followed by Peru Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in
Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
The Amazon is often referred to as the ‘lungs of
the planet’ due to its vital role in oxygen production.