Amazon rainforest fires

ESTHER VILLEGAS, SARA TOMÁS, LUCÍA SIMÓN Y MARÍA LAJARA      2ºBZZ                    

Homes of indigenous tribes are being destroyed as fires continue to rage

While the Amazon rainforest is typically wet and humid, July, August and September, the onset of the dry season, are the region’s driest months, with ‘activity’ typically peaking by early September and stopping by mid-November, according to NASA.

In a release on August 22, Greenpeace said forest fires and climate change operate in a vicious circle. As the number of fires increase, greenhouse gas emissions do too. This makes the planet’s overall temperature rise, the organization said. As the temperature increases, extreme weather events like major droughts happen more often.

The fires have spread to Bolivia and Paraguay, according to a report from Telesur on August 28. The smoke can be felt in Uruguay and Argentina. Previously, satellite images showed fires in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Rondonia, Para and Mato Grosso. The state of Amazonas is most affected, according to Euronews.

 

Apple’s Tim Cook appears to be the first tech CEO to respond with an offer of aid. Cook tweeted that Apple would be donating to help, but he didn’t specify an amount.

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