Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Fires in Amazon rainforest, Brazil.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

The country’s space research center (INPE) announced this week that the number of fires in Brazil are 80% higher than last year, and more than half are in the Amazon region. 99% of the fires result from human actions “either on purpose or by accident,” Alberto Setzer, a senior scientist at INPE, said. The Amazon rainforest is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America, contained within 7 countries. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: CNN

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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