The Amazon Rain Forest Fires

The Amazon is burning at a record rate.

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The Amazon is burning at a record rate.

Kevin Flores, Staff Writer

A critical topic that needs more attention and no one is talking about is the Amazon Fires. The Amazon is important because it produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. The Amazon is known to be the biggest rain forest and it is fire-resistant because of its natural moisture and humidity, but a recent report from NASA has said: “drought and human activities are causing wildfires.”

The environmental minister of Brazil, Ricardo Salles, tweeted on August 28 that the fires were caused by dry weather, wind, and heat, but a CNN report also had said they were “human-induced fires”.  

The Amazon has been burning since late August. Brazil has lost more than 1,300 square miles of the Amazon Rain forests

The Amazon is home to 427 mammal species, 1,300 bird species, 378 reptile species, and 400 amphibian species and they are all losing their home. Animals such as sloths, jaguars, river dolphins, etc. In my opinion, this is a very sad topic because more than 2,000 animals are being left without a home and it provides oxygen for us and without the Amazon, we would have less oxygen

So people should start talking about the fires and helping out with the fires by donating to help save the Amazon Rain forest.