Amazon on Fire – level 3

28-08-2019 07:00

There are hundreds of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest, but fighting wildfires in the Amazon is challenging. The rainforest covers over 2.5 million square miles – it is so big that people detect the fires using satellites. The size and bad accessibility in the forest means that many fires go unchecked.

The Brazilian government’s environmental institute is mostly responsible for dealing with wildfires in the Amazon, but the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, said that he does not have the resources to fight the current wildfire outbreak. He is thinking about sending military troops.

It is normal to see some fires in the Amazon, but right now there are 83% more fires than this time in 2018, according to Brazil’s space agency. The president of the International Association of Wildland Fire said that this year’s fires “are a catastrophe of global proportions.”

Difficult words: accessibility (if you can access something – get there), unchecked (not under control), military troops (the army, soldiers).

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