Staggering Number Of Fires Ravaging Amazon Rainforest | NBC Nightly News

Staggering Number Of Fires Ravaging Amazon Rainforest | NBC Nightly News


JEOPARDY. ANNE THOMPSON ON HOW THESE FIRES ARE ANNE THOMPSON ON HOW THESE FIRES ARE PUTTING OUR PLANET IN THESE FIRES ARE PUTTING OUR PLANET IN PERIL. PUTTING OUR PLANET IN PERIL.>>Reporter: THIS IS PERIL.>>Reporter: THIS IS BRAZIL’S DRY SEASON,>>Reporter: THIS IS BRAZIL’S DRY SEASON, BUT NOT LIKE THIS. BRAZIL’S DRY SEASON, BUT NOT LIKE THIS. THREE WEEKS OF RAGING BUT NOT LIKE THIS. THREE WEEKS OF RAGING FIRES SETTING OFF THREE WEEKS OF RAGING FIRES SETTING OFF ALARM BELLS AROUND THE FIRES SETTING OFF ALARM BELLS AROUND THE WORLD. ALARM BELLS AROUND THE WORLD. THERE’S SO MUCH SMOKE, WORLD. THERE’S SO MUCH SMOKE, NASA’S SATELLITES THERE’S SO MUCH SMOKE, NASA’S SATELLITES CAPTURED IT FROM NASA’S SATELLITES CAPTURED IT FROM SPACE. CAPTURED IT FROM SPACE. A COLD WEATHER SYSTEM SPACE. A COLD WEATHER SYSTEM HELPED BY CHANGING A COLD WEATHER SYSTEM HELPED BY CHANGING WINDS PUSHING SMOEM HELPED BY CHANGING WINDS PUSHING SMOEM INTO CITIES MORE THAN WINDS PUSHING SMOEM INTO CITIES MORE THAN A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, INTO CITIES MORE THAN A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, BRAZIL’S SPACE AGENCY A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, BRAZIL’S SPACE AGENCY REPORTING A STAGGERING BRAZIL’S SPACE AGENCY REPORTING A STAGGERING NUMBER OF FIRES, REPORTING A STAGGERING NUMBER OF FIRES, ALMOST 73,000 SINCE NUMBER OF FIRES, ALMOST 73,000 SINCE JANUARY, AN 83% ALMOST 73,000 SINCE JANUARY, AN 83% INCREASE OVER LAST JANUARY, AN 83% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. WHY THE RISE? YEAR. WHY THE RISE? HUMAN ACTIVITY IS WHY THE RISE? HUMAN ACTIVITY IS SUSPECTED, HUMAN ACTIVITY IS SUSPECTED, PARTICULARLY BURNING SUSPECTED, PARTICULARLY BURNING TO CLEAR LAND FOR PARTICULARLY BURNING TO CLEAR LAND FOR FARMING, RANCHING, AND TO CLEAR LAND FOR FARMING, RANCHING, AND MINING. FARMING, RANCHING, AND MINING. DEVELOPMENT ENCOURAGED MINING. DEVELOPMENT ENCOURAGED BY BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT. DEVELOPMENT ENCOURAGED BY BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT.>>THE IMPACT IS BY BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT.>>THE IMPACT IS DEVASTATING BECAUSE>>THE IMPACT IS DEVASTATING BECAUSE IT’S DESTROYING UNIQUE DEVASTATING BECAUSE IT’S DESTROYING UNIQUE IRREPLACEABLE IT’S DESTROYING UNIQUE IRREPLACEABLE ECOSYSTEMS AND IRREPLACEABLE ECOSYSTEMS AND WORSENING CLIMATE ECOSYSTEMS AND WORSENING CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE SAME WORSENING CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME. CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME.>>THE AMAZON IS THE TIME.>>THE AMAZON IS THE PLANETEST BIGGEST>>THE AMAZON IS THE PLANETEST BIGGEST TROPICAL FOREST. PLANETEST BIGGEST TROPICAL FOREST. IT RELEASES 20% OF THE TROPICAL FOREST. IT RELEASES 20% OF THE WORLD’S OXYGEN. IT RELEASES 20% OF THE WORLD’S OXYGEN. THE CHIEF OF THIS RAIN WORLD’S OXYGEN. THE CHIEF OF THIS RAIN FOREST HAS FEARS IF THE CHIEF OF THIS RAIN FOREST HAS FEARS IF THE LAND IS NOT FOREST HAS FEARS IF THE LAND IS NOT PRESERVED, IT WILL ALL

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