Record wildfires rage in Amazon rain forest

Over 9,500 fires have broken out since last week in forests that produce 20% of the world's oxygen.
1:27 | 08/22/19

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We go overseas to the crisis in the Amazon where fires are raging at a record rate, 74,000, up 84% with the Amazon fires posing a devastating threat to the region and the world. Our attorney correspondent James Longman has the latest. Reporter: This morning one of the world's most important national treasures in flames. They're threatening the most biologically diverse place on Earth. An area about half the size of the U.S. These forest produce 20% of the world's oxygen. The fires in the Amazon rain forest so huge they're even visible from space. Strong winds pushing the smoke hundreds of miles plunging the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo into darkness. Celebrities like Ariana grande, demi Lovato, Leo Dicaprio and Kendall Jenner all posting on social media to spread awareness. Hundreds took to the streets to protest the government's lack of fires are common in the summer but environmental campaigners say this year is worse than ever because Brazil's new president has allowed deforestation to accelerate. The size of a soccer field lost every minute. These fires are a reminder the Amazon is losing trees at an unsustainable rate. Have to keep that in mind, all right, James, thanks so much.

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