More fires burning in Central Africa than Amazon

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Mike Colagrossi


"There are more than five times as many fires in central Africa than the Amazon. While the fires are mostly confined to savanna, they could threaten the Congo Basin. The Congo Basin is the second largest rainforest in the world.


As the forest fires in South America's Amazon rainforest blaze on, concurrent disastrous fires are raging in large swathes of Central Africa and parts of Southern Africa.


One of the regions at risk is the Congo Basin forest, the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. The majority of the rainforest is in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The region absorbs a great deal of carbon dioxide and hosts rich and diverse animal and plant life."


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