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The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday expressed his alarm and "deep concern" about the serious fires that are occurring in the Amazon area, and has called for the protection of the largest rainforest in the world .
"I am deeply concerned about the fires in the Amazon jungle," said the head of the United Nations in a message posted on his Twitter account. "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford to damage one more of our sources of oxygen and biodiversity," added the Portuguese diplomat.
For its part, the president of the UN General Assembly, María Fernando Espinosa, has said that fires "worry and affect the entire world" and has warned that the Amazon rainforest and forests are "priority" to promote biodiversity, Conservation and food security.
The American Space Agency (NASA) has published in recent days a series of images of the serious fires in the considered the main lung of the planet that were captured by its Water satellite and that are large enough to be seen from space .
"Although it is not unusual for fires to be unleashed in Brazil at this time of year due to high temperatures and low humidity, it seems that this year the number of fires could reach a new record, " the US Space Agency warned on Wednesday. United in a statement.
So far this year, more than 71,000 sources of fire have been registered in Brazil , of which more than half are located in the Amazon area, according to data from the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), which warned that only in last week fires have been detected in at least 68 protected areas.
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