The Damage Being Done To The Amazon Rainforest Has Taken A Turn For The Worse

Remember back in 1971 when Dr. Seuss wrote The Lorax? The book foresaw that capital gain would be the ultimate catalyst to the destruction of the environment, and the warning is as relevant as ever today. The Amazon rainforest isn’t just home to a tenth of all species that we know of, it also provides a fifth of all the oxygen that we breathe.

Burning rainforests in order to develop the land into money-making machines is nothing new. What is new is the speed at which this is happening. Particularly with new policies set forth by Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, the accelerated rate has scientists predicting catastrophic results. Here’s a look at the Amazon fires and how they’re changing the world.

Welcome To São Paulo

A view of São Paulo's skyscrapers shows dark grey skies over a nearly black city.
Andre Lucas/picture alliance via Getty Images
Andre Lucas/picture alliance via Getty Images

Before we even get to the actual rainforest, this is a picture of metropolitan São Paulo. If you’re wondering why it looks like Armageddon, it’s not because of some artistic filter. The sky is literally turning black over the city due to the rainforest fires in the Amazon.

If you don’t believe us, just look to the millions of residents who have reported black rain in São Paulo. University studies have confirmed that the rainwater does, in fact, contain residue from the fires burning up Amazonia. According to the director of the Institute of Biosciences at the University of São Paulo, the soot may produce toxic substances harmful to the people of São Paulo.