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Photos show how much worse fires have gotten in Amazon rainforest

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Fires in the Amazon rainforest, during the summer months, aren’t new. But this year, it’s the worst on record.

While Brazil’s government has called warnings about the fires “sensationalist” and “hysterical,” photos show this year the smoke looks thicker, and the damage to the rainforest, or the “ lungs of the planet,” is worse. The earth is being scorched, and fires continue to burn relentlessly.

Friday night, following pressure from his own people and the international community, and after weeks of spreading misinformation about the fires, President Jair Bolsonaro said he would send the army to fight them and prevent deforestation.

Here are photos showing what the Amazon rainforest used to be like, and what the burning looks like now.

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