A state of emergency has been declared in Brazil due to the fires that have been burning throughout the Amazon rainforest for the past month.

 

The fires are so widespread that the smoke from them can actually be seen from space and it’s darkening the skies in many nearby towns and cities. The fire and its smoke are harming people and animals throughout the region, as well as the planet.

 

While fires are not uncommon during the dry season since they’re often set by farmers wanting to clear their land for farming or ranching, these levels are much worse than usual, and the recent rollback of environmental protections by the Brazilian government makes them even more dangerous.

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