The Amazon is burning – there goes our oxygen

States in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help to combat record fires  tearing through the rain forest, provoking an international outcry because of the Amazon’s central role in combating global warming. As the planet’s lungs, why is help only asked for now? The fires have been burning for days. There have been more than 74,000 fires across Brazil this year and nearly 40,000 fires across the Amazon, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. That’s the fastest rate of burning since record-keeping began, in 2013. The dry season creates…

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