Planet SOS: Amazon fires fears rainforest will become desert

Last month, the number of wildfires in the Amazon tripled compared with the previous year.

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    Wildfires are still burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, which is often referred to as the "green lungs" of the planet.

    The fires have prompted a warning from some scientists that escalating deforestation could eventually turn the rainforest into a dry savanna.

    Despite a ban on fires for land-clearing, the Amazon is burning at a rate not seen in almost a decade.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Chapada dos Guimaraes in the state of Mato Grosso.


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