Amazon rainforest: irreversible damage within 15 years

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Amazon rainforest: irreversible damage within 15 years

Many researchers agree that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is fast approaching the point of no return expected in within 15 years. The loss between 20% and 25% of the expanse of trees would in fact lead to a drastic reduction in rainfall and humidity, which are crucial for making the forest live and maintain.

A news not unexpected. but vary bad. The Amazon rainforest is increasingly in danger due to fires that threaten to make the planet's green lung disappear. In 10 years, an Amazonian forest area of ​​300,000 square kilometers has been lost, equal to Italy, and in July 2020, in the Brazilian Amazon alone, fires have increased by 28% compared to the same period in 2019.

And this year the fires could be more devastating than those of 2019.

Amazon rainforest: irreversible damage within 15 years

WWF therefore calls for the implementation of urgent measures to deal with the emergency and that among these an international conference is immediately held to protect the Amazon forest, an essential asset of humanity.

The alarm is raised by the WWF, in the report"Fires, forests and the future: A crisis out of control? created by the environmental organization together with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), asking for an international conference to protect the forest which represents one of the fundamental ecological systems for life on the planet.

Meanwhile Bolivia has decreed a state of national calamity due to the wildfires that have affected five out of nine departments in the country for weeks, including in the Amazian Rainforest area. In the wildfires of recent weeks, according to the newspaper La Razon, more than one million hectares of the country's forests have burned.

In the next ten or 15 days, no rain is expected in the most affected areas and it is therefore feared that the situation could degenerate further. According to the local press, measures allows the government to more easily request international aid to manage the crisis.

The executive's decision came at the end of an emergency meeting organized to discuss the situation, particularly critical in the departments of Santa Cruz, in the center of the country, and Tarija, in the south. According to the local NGO Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza wildfires in Bolivia have destroyed over two million hectares of land from January to today: an area greater than the whole of El Salvador. Also according to Fan, in 2019 over six million hectares of land had gone up in smoke.