Apple will donate to help fight the raging Amazon rainforest fires

What you need to know

  • Apple will help fight the raging Amazon rainforest fires in Latin America.
  • Tim Cook made the announcement on Twitter.
  • This year has been particuarly tough for the Amazon forests as fires have increased by 85% over last year.

Tim Cook today announced that Apple will lend a helping hand to help fight the fires devastating the Amazon rainforest in Latin America. Apple will be donating to the relief efforts to preserve and restore the forest (via 9to5Mac).

The announcement was made via Twitter.

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As Cook pointed out, the Amazon rainforest is an intregal part of Latin America's ecosystem. There's not telling the type of longterm damage these fires could have displacing thousands of animal species. That's not even including the carbon dioxide the fires are releasing into the atmosphere.

The fires have been burning for a few weeks now across Latin America. In Brazil alone, over 79,500 fires have occurred destroying thousands of acres of forest.

Like most places, the Amazon rainforest battles through annual fires flamed by the dry season. However, this year has been particularly awful. The number of fires are up 85% compared to last year.

  • All this is true. But it seems uncritical to me, not real reporting. It appears to be that fire counts are up from last year. Do two years make a trend? How much land area is affected, burning or burnt? What portion is that of the total land area of the Amazon rain forest? "As of August 16, 2019, an analysis of NASA satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years."
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