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UA professor talks about the ongoing fire in the Amazon rainforest

Posted at 10:33 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 01:33:24-04

Authorities in Brazil continue to fight the ongoing fires consuming the Amazon Rainforest.

Millions of dollars have been pledged from around the world to help fight those wildfires, including a $20,000,000 donation pledged at the G-7 summit, but today Brazil's president rejected millions aid.

KGUN9 sat down with a University of Arizona professor to find out the environmental impact of the massive fire.

University of Arizona natural resources professor Don Falk says "Traditionally, the rainforest was keeping the carbon out of the atmosphere and now you're eliminating a lot of the area of the capacity to store carbon. But what's worse, not only are you eliminating the capacity, you're literally putting it back into the atmosphere in a matter of days."

Fires have destroyed nearly 2,000,000 acres, so far.