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WWF, Amazon at risk, is close to the point of no return

2020-08-27T14:23:15.220Z

(HANDLE)(ANSA) - ROME, AUGUST 27 - The Amazon is increasingly in danger due to the 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, par to Italy, and in July 2020, in the Brazilian Amazon alone, fires increased by 28% compared to the same period in 2019. And this year the fires could be more devastating than ...



(ANSA) - ROME, AUGUST 27 - The Amazon is increasingly in danger due to the 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, par to Italy, and in July 2020, in the Brazilian Amazon alone, fires increased by 28% compared to the same period in 2019. And this year the fires could be more devastating than those of 2019. 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 ), calling for an international conference to protect the forest which represents one of the fundamental ecological systems for life on the planet.

Climate increasingly hot and dry, climate change, and deforestation, caused mainly by the conversion of land for agriculture, are according to the report the main factors behind the fires, which 75% are human responsibility. "Many researchers - notes the report - agree that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is fast approaching the" tipping point ", a point of no return expected in 10-15 years. The loss between 20% and 25% of the expanse in fact, trees would lead to a drastic reduction in rainfall and humidity crucial for living and maintaining the forest itself ". The WWF therefore calls for the implementation of urgent measures to cope with the emergency and that among these an international conference be immediately held to protect the Amazon rainforest, an essential asset of humanity. (HANDLE).

Source: ansa

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