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Stop war against nature: Greta Thunberg shares concerns on Amazon rainforest; NASA's pic shocks Alia, Marico boss

Leonardo Dicaprio, Akshay Kumar, and others celebs took to social media to raise awareness.

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Updated: Aug 23, 2019, 08.56 AM IST
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In this image, obtained by NASA Earth Observatory on Wednesday, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured several fires burning in the Brazilian states of Amazonas on NASA's Aqua satellite.
In this image, obtained by NASA Earth Observatory on Wednesday, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured several fires burning in the Brazilian states of Amazonas on NASA's Aqua satellite.
NEW DELHI: Brazil's Amazon rainforest has managed to record the highest number of fire outbreaks this year, compared to the last, with over 9,500 forest fires being reported in the past week itself.

US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), took to Twitter to share a satellite picture of the rainforest. In a natural-color picture, a thick blanket of smoke was seen engulfing several Brazilian states such as the Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondônia. The image was taken by a NASA Earth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite.


While NASA said it is not unusual to see fires in Brazil at this time of year due to high temperatures and low humidity, the number of outbreaks this year may be setting a record.

The post by NASA has been retweeted 16.8K times and liked by 28.6K users, and the number is increasing. The hashtags #PrayforAmazonas, #SaveTheAmazon and #AmazonRainforest started trending on Twitter.

Soon after the shocking pictures from NASA, Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio - an environment-conscious activist too - also shared an image of the planet's largest rainforest up in smoke. In his post, he called the Amazon rainforest that creates 20% of the earth’s oxygen, as the lungs of the world. He also criticised the media for not covering the catastrophe after the forest has been burning for 16 days.


Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who ditched taking a flight to tackle climate change, and opted to sail from Plymouth in Britain to New York and Chile for the United Nations climate summit, also shared her thoughts on the Amazon fires from the Atlantic Ocean. The youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee also stressed that 'our war against nature must end.


The World Wildlife Fund (UK) posted a video on Instagram of the burning forest, and questioned the world for not being as concerned about the crisis as the Notre Dame cathedral.


Back home, several personalities and Bollywood celebrities also shared 'The Revenant' star's post as Instagram Stories.

Actor Akshay Kumar, who was ranked fourth in the Forbes Highest-Paid Actors list on Thursday, also shared his concerns on Twitter about the burning Amazon forest. He stressed that the 'earth may survive this climate change, but we won’t'.


Actress Alia Bhatt mentioned that the rainforest is home to about 3 million species of plants and animals, and 1 million indigenous people. In her tweet, she said that the Amazon plays an important role in keeping the planet's carbon dioxide levels in check.


Harsh Mariwala, Chairman of Marico, shared a video of the forest and said that 'humans are letting our beautiful planet perish'.


Wimbledon 2019 champion Novak Djokovic also shared an image of the forest on Twitter, and wrote, "Heartbreaking".


Former Victoria's Secret supermodel Gisele Bündchen shared a petition on Twitter to 'Save The Amazon'.


NGO Rainforest Alliance and International Union for Conservation of Nature's Rainforest Trust posted on Twitter, and said Amazon needs more than prayers.



Furthermore, Brazil's space research center National Institute for Space Research (IPNE) said that almost 73,000 fires have been recorded so far this year, and an 83% increase over the same period in 2018.

IPNE said it detected more than 74,000 fires between January 1 and August 20 - the highest number since records began in 2013. According to the agency, it observed more than 9,500 forest fires since last Thursday, mostly in the Amazon region.

In comparison, there were slightly more than 40,000 in the same period of 2018, IPNE said. However, the worst recent year was 2016, with more than 68,000 fires in that period.


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