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The Amazon is not the Earth’s Lungs Blog of the Long Now

In the wake of the troubling reports about fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, much misinformation spread across social media . On Facebook posts and news reports, the Amazon was described as being the “lungs of the Earth.” Peter Brannen, writing in The Atlantic , details why that isn’t the casenot to downplay the impact of the fires, but to educate audiences on how the various systems of our planet interact: