Leaders from South American countries who share the Amazon will meet next week on how to best to fight the wildfires.
Since January, Brazil’s National Space Research Institute which monitors deforestation has recorded more than 40,000 fires in the Amazon region. That’s about three football fields’ worth of trees falling every minute in the rainforest.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been critical of protections for the Amazon, calling them an obstacle to his country’s economic development. Some of the fires may have been started by illegal clearing of the land.
The Amazon spans nine countries, including neighboring Bolivia, which is also battling its own fires.
CGTN’s Dan Collyns begins our coverage from Taperas, Bolivia.
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The Amazon isn't the only region of the globe burning. From central Africa to the Arctic, fires are spreading to areas where they were once rarely seen. And they're growing in intensity, raising fears that climate change is exacerbating the danger. https://t.co/sCXhv9kNXw pic.twitter.com/8ZATjUWsYY
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