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The Amazon Rainforest is burning. Here's why there are so many fires and what it all means for the planet.

The Amazon Rainforest is burning. Here's why there are so many fires and what it all means for the planet.
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So far this year, Brazil has experienced more than 76,000 fires — nearly double the 2018 total of 40,000.




Some 10,000 of these fires have started in the past few weeks, many of them in the Brazilian Amazon.




Most of these fires were started by farmers and loggers to clear land for crops and pastures.




Here's everything you need to know about the current Amazon fires and how they could affect the planet.




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The world's largest rainforest is ablaze. On Tuesday, a new fire started every minute in Brazil.
Since August 15, more than 9,500 fires have sparked in Brazil, most of them in the Amazon basin. The blazes can be seen from space, and the smoke even temporarily eclipsed the sun in Sao Paulo on Monday.
So far this year, Brazil has recorded more than 76,000 fires — an annual record, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
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