Even the wildest parts of the Amazon untouched by humanity are being impacted by anthropogenic climate change, according to new research.
Hotter, drier conditions over the past four decades are decreasing the rainforest birds' body size while increasing their wingspans, a study published in the journal Science Advances have said.
Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has surged to its highest level since 2008, the country's space agency (Inpe) reports.
A total of 11,088 sq km (4,281 sq miles) of rainforest were destroyed from August 2019 to July 2020. This is a 9.5% increase from the previous year.
The Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.
While the limelight continues to shine on the Covid-19 pandemic, deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest quietly continues to soar. The area of deforestation destroyed in the Brazilian Amazon in April 2020 was 64 percent higher than in April 2019, according to official government data from Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE), which uses satellites to track deforestation.
The number of wildfires in the Amazon jungle continues to grow, although the government has introduced a ban on fire making for farmland cleaning, AFP reported.
In the first 48 hours after the ban was introduced, data from the satellite of the National Space Research Institute showed 3859 new outbreaks, of which 2000 were concentrated in the rain forest area.
Brazil is ready to accept international financial assistance to extinguish the Amazon fires, but only if the country controls the funds. This was announced by the spokesman for the Brazilian president. So far there is no reaction from the G7 countries. On Monday, at a meeting in Biarritz, they offered $ 22 million to fight the Amazon fires.