On top of the fires that tore through it this year, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is reportedly at its highest rate for more than a decade.
The human race has done a lot of damage to this planet, some of which might have gone so far that there is no fixing it. However, in more recent years, society has shown some promise. Most of us are actively trying to cut back on the amount of plastic we use. Plus, attempting to find renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuels.
There is still way too much bad news, though. Take the Amazon rainforest, for example. The rainforest is more important to the world's fight against climate change than most people realize. Since it's the biggest tropical rainforest in the world, it is responsible for absorbing massive amounts of carbon dioxide.
The fires in the Amazon are one thing. The intentional deforestation just makes the ongoing issues in the Amazon even worse. Sky News has reported that Brazil's National Institute for Space Research has revealed deforestation in the Amazon is at its highest rate for 11 years. Particularly worrying considering we are supposed to have improved in that arena, not regressed.
To put it into what are frankly terrifying numbers, between August 2018 and July 2019 a staggering 3,769 miles of the Amazon rainforest was purposefully destroyed. That's roughly an area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Brazil's president has rolled back efforts to limit deforestation which is what many believe to have been the cause of the 30% increase in deforestation versus the previous 12 months.
On the flip side, the president has suggested that non-governmental groups who oppose him are the ones who started the fires which have wiped out large areas of the Amazon rainforest. Whatever or whoever has caused this increase in deforestation, something needs to be done about it. The Amazon is so vast that it is responsible for 6% of all of Earth's oxygen. Perhaps if more people knew that stat, more would be done to prevent deforestation.