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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres deeply concerned by Amazon wildfires

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 23/08/2019
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he is "deeply concerned" by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke.

He tweeted in the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity adding the Amazon must be protected.

The extent of the area damaged by fires has yet to be determined but smoke has choked Sao Paulo and several other Brazilian cities.

Forest fires tend to intensify during the dry season, which usually ends in late October or early November, as land is cleared to make way for crops or grazing.

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