Wildfires rage in the Amazon: Live updates – CNN

A resident navigates the Rio Negro in the Amazonia, Brazil.
A resident navigates the Rio Negro in the Amazonia, Brazil. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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