Wildfires rage in the Amazon: Live updates – CNN
The Amazon rainforest, which is currently seeing record-setting wildfires, is an important part of the planet’s ability to combat the climate crisis, activists say.
That means damage to the forrest could mean damage globally.
Poirier continued: “This isn’t hyperbole. We’re looking at untold destruction — not just of the Amazon but for our entire planet.”
The Amazon forest produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen, and is often called “the planet’s lungs.”
According to the World Wildlife Fund, if it is irrevocably damaged, it could start emitting carbon instead — the major driver of climate change.