Earlier this week, news broke on social media that a massive number of fires were currently threatening the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. The news came as a shock to most as they first encountered it on social media rather than on the front pages of any major publication or news site.


While this is not the first time that the Amazon has faced wildfires, what’s notable is the scope. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that there had been more than 72,000 fires in Brazil in 2019, an 80% increase compared to the same period from 2018.

Many of the images being shared on social media are not of the current fire, with some dating back as far as 1989 and as recent as just last year. However, the importance of this fire should not be undermined by the inaccurate images. The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday.

Below are some tweets from producers in the electronic realm who feel just as shocked by the news as the rest of us. If you want to find out how you can help, go here.

 

Photo via NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin