The Amazon rainforest fires

Many, many animals are perishing in the fires.

Please read how the fires started: https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-08-25/amazon-rainforest-fires-climate

Instead of axes and machetes, people now use bulldozers and giant tractors with chains to pull down the Amazon’s towering trees. A few months later, they torch the trunks. It’s the only realistic way to remove such huge amounts of biomass, Morton said. “It’s slash and burn, 21st century.”

Thousands of acres at a time are being cleared for large-scale agriculture, he added. The land is primarily used as pasture for cattle — one of Brazil’s major exports — or for crops such as soybeans.

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