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Rainforest in crisis: Amazon devastated by increasing deforestation

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Amazon devastated by increasing deforestation showing signs of crisis

Deforestation across the Amazon rainforest is increasing day by day, with environmental campaigners growing increasingly concerned by the sheer level of destruction and devastation they are witnessing throughout this ecological wonder of the world. 

Surging to record levels this year, deforestation in the region totalled more than 1,000 square kilometres in the month of April alone. 

When we combine the first four months of 2022, logging increased by 69% when compared with the same period in 2021.

This is an area of land more than double the size of New York City and there’s fears this is just the beginning.

The practice has had a resurgence in popularity since far-right president Bolsanaro took office, with his administration encouraging deforestation and even implementing a range of weaker environmental protection policies – prioritising a struggling jobs market over sustainability. 

Bolsonaro argues more farming and mining in the Amazon equals less poverty in the region. 

Brazil’s ministries of environment and justice say the government is making major efforts to fight environmental crimes.

But why is the Amazon so important and why does it pain environmentalists to see so much deforestation? 

Because the rainforest plays a key role in protecting the Earth from the ever-increasing effects of climate change, sucking up a huge amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide every single day. 

In fact, worldwide, forests suck up 2.4 billion metric tons of carbon each year, with the Amazon absorbing a quarter of that total. 

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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Yellowstone disaster: record rainfall, massive flooding and mudslides

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As Yellowstone National Park celebrates 150 years, emergency crews are scrambling to reopen roads and facilities following heavy rain and huge flooding

This is Yellowstone’s first natural disaster and has forced the region to close during the peak summer period.

Tourists and residents are being evacuated from the area as some roads have been destroyed leaving visitors stranded.

Resulting in a major blow to local tourism operators and surrounding communities. 

Montana, one of the three states the park belongs to, has not seen this type of flooding in more than a century.

The national park’s northern half is expected to remain shut for at least the rest of the season, with Montana’s governor declaring a statewide disaster. 

Record rainfall has triggered epic flooding, mudslides and rockfalls in Yellowstone.

Dangerous rockslides caused the park officials to shut down all five entrances to the park on Tuesday.

It follows one of the wettest springs in years and a sudden spike in summer temperatures, meaning the runoff of snow from the winter months has been quite intense. 

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

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U.S. under scorching summer hot-spell

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The U.S. is currently enduring an extreme heatwave, with over 100 million Americans told to stay indoors where possible and avoid the blazing sun

St Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis and Tulsa are all under dire heat warnings, with temperatures reaching 38 degrees coupled with high humidity. 

The National Weather Service says 107 million Americans will be affected by heat advisories and warnings this week alone. 

Beginning in the west and south-west, the heatwave has now moved east into parts of the Gulf coast and will reach as far as the Great Lakes and the Carolinas

In Chicago, officials have started alerting residents about relief centres.

Six community buildings will be opened to aid those who do not have access to suitable air conditioning. 

The city significantly ramped up its heatwave protocols after more than 700 people died in the 1995 heatwave.

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