Amazon fires raging at record rate

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BRAZIL (CNN) – Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, and scientists warn it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.

Without presenting any evidence, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blames non-governmental organizations for the fires, in what he says may be an attempt to shame his government after he cut their funding.

Satellite images over Brazil show the Amazon Rainforest burning at a record rate.

Sao Paulo plunged into darkness by smoke clouds from the huge expanse of burning rainforest.

The fires have been raging for weeks.

This area provides 20% of the world’s atmospheric oxygen.

Some scientists say it’s the key to slowing global warming.

Activist groups have blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for relaxing environmental controls, which have accelerated deforestation.

But the president says the fires may have been started by environmentalists, trying to make his government look bad on the world stage.

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(This story was originally published on August 22, 2019)

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