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A Record Number Of Fires Are Burning In Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest

A record number of fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) detected almost 73,000 fires in 2019 - an 83% increase from 2018. The widespread fires are even visible from space. Activists and critics have blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the Amazon's plight, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers. Using hashtags like #PrayforAmazonia and #PrayForTheAmzon, social media users are drawing attention to the dangers of the fires while blasting Bolsonaro for his lack of response.
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