The world is left reeling as aerial footage is released of the Amazon Rainforest burning. More than 300 million hectares of forest have already been destroyed, sending over 20,000 species into extinction. This includes 210 species of mammals, 190 species of reptiles, 200 species of amphibians and at least 700 species of birds. As a result of the fires, gigantic plumes of searing smoke have engulfed the surrounding countries of Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Eastern Peru and Bolivia. Over 200 million people have been affected with some two million cases of respiratory tract infections already reported. Climatologists explain the soaring temperatures and massively reduced rainfall have left the Amazonian forest exceptionally dry. Unfortunately though, unlike the trees found in Australia and Africa, the trees in the Amazon are have not been exposed to forest fires and have therefore developed only limited resistance. When this is combined with further temperature rises, scientists state they have little hope that any of the Amazon Rainforest will be with us for much longer. Tragically, the full impact of the Amazon's destruction will not be felt for a number of years. Scientists state that this will happen once the massive amounts of carbon dioxide released in the fires have settled into the atmosphere. Countries around the world have begun to prepare for the worst with scientists confirming the casualties from climate change will now enter the billions.
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