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Amazon Rainforest is at 'tipping point' warns climate scientist

Between August 2019 and July 2020, an area seven times the size of London was destroyed in the Amazon Rainforest. Satellite data revealed 11,088 km2 (2.7 million acres) of the Amazon was torn down during the 12 month period, up 9.5 percent annually. This is a 12 year high for deforestation in the Amazon, with campaigners claiming that it is "beyond belief".

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has come under increasing pressure to halt the destruction of the Amazon, but evidently, the situation is worsening for the world's largest rainforest.

Scientists believe the Amazon provides the Earth with between six and nine percent of all oxygen, meaning it is important to life on our planet.

The forest covers 6.9 million square kilometres (2.72 million square miles) across South America and is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 1,300 bird species and more than 430 mammal species.

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