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What’s Happening in the Amazon Rainforest

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Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been hit with raging wildfires and according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) fires have reached a record number, with nearly 73,000 fires detected in 2019.

Scientists warn that this could lead to a devastating blow to the stand against climate change, because the Amazon are known to be the planet’s lungs as they produce 20% of the oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere, that’s why it plays a vital role at keeping the climate change in check.

 

The Rainforest is also home to various number of species of fauna and flora. Roughly half the size of the United States, it is the largest rainforest on the planet.

The wildfires have been going on for quite some time now and since Thursday, INPE satellites showed more than 9,500 new forest fires as the raging infernos continue to grow.

The situation is unbelievable and several images and videos have gone viral on social media showing how the smoke reached all the way to the city of São Paulo, turning its skies to pitch black in the middle of the afternoon as smoke and ash took over the skies and blocked the sun.

Day turns to night in São Paulo

According to INPE, more than fields of the Amazon rainforest are being destroyed every minute of every day, and people worldwide are expressing their horror on social media calling out for any action to be taken immediately.

The Brazilian state of Amazons has declared an emergency in the south of the state and in its capital Manaus, in addition to putting Peru on environmental alert since Friday.

 

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Egypt Chosen to Lead the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions

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Mohamed Fayek, president of the National Council for Human Rights, declared yesterday that Egypt has officially been chosen as the president of the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is a non profitable regional umbrella organization that brings together 44 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa. It was funded back in 2007 and is registered under Kenyan laws as an independent legal entity.

The announcement was made during Fayek’s speech in the twelfth periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions.

The conference that saw the participation of 44 African countries, all of whom are members of the commission, in addition to representatives of regional, local and international human rights bodies in Egypt.

Fayek also highlighted that this conference is the first event to be organized in Cairo, and that the theme chosen for the conference stresses on the ‘Global Compact for Migration.’

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions aims at achieving human right endeavors in all of the African countries, with principles that are in line with Paris’.

 

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Lebanese Protesters Form A Peaceful Human Chain Across the Country

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Thousands of Lebanese protesters have formed a human chain that extended from the south all the way to the north of the country, in an impressive attempt of symbolizing national unity.

People of Lebanon joined hands from Tripoli to Tyre, making a 170 KM human chain, that passes through the capital, Beirut. This marks a historic moment where Lebanese people unit together, hand in hand, despite their ethnic, religious, or social differences.

Those who joined the chain began in the early afternoon of Sunday and by 4 PM, the chain has been completed with the participation of 170,000 protesters.

Even with such a massive chain, protesters made sure they didn’t cut through any of the major roads in Lebanon to avoid disturbing the rest of citizens, the chain was formed along the main coastal highway of Lebanon but it was certainly an organized and peaceful form of protest.

 

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Egypt’s largest Metro Station in The Middle East Inaugurated

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Heliopolis metro station, Egypt’s largest station in the Middle East, has been inaugurated this morning and is ready to receive commuters.

The station is built on a space of 10,000 square metre which makes it the biggest station in the Middle East region, according to the transportation ministry

The construction of the station has began back in 2015 and the station will connect to Cairo International Airport and Al-Salam city.

The new metro station will help reduce around two million commutes above ground, which in return will reduce the traffic congestion. Also, citizens will save the cost of more expensive mean of transportation.

Another point worth mentioning is that the station will include automated machines to purchase tickets directly, in addition to a digital signage system to guide passengers.

 

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