Fire and Ice: uncontrollable forest fires and icebergs melts around the world

Stephanie Orellana, Freshman

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Last month there have been a few surprises and concerns involving what’s been happening around the Iceland regarding their glaciers. 

On August 18th, 2019 a monument was set up in Iceland, the same place where the glacier, “Okjokull” (Ok) once stood after it lost its status as a glacier back in 2014. This monument is meant to display a warning to the future generations for what is expected to occur in the world to come. “Ok” is the first glacier to have its status taken away. 

The monument says “A Letter to the Future: Ok is the first glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

A couple of days after news surfaced, information on twitter was spreading that the Amazon rainforest had been burning for three weeks straight with no media coverage at all. The Amazon produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, so if it is damaged it affects us all. “Puxmperyourself” on Twitter went as far to say that we are “living the plot of ‘The Lorax.’

According to “The Verge”, this is a case of deforestation and they were ‘purposely’ burning it down to have more space for farming and raising cattle. Justin wise from “The Hill” said this due to “dry weather, wind, and heat.”

Brazil’s president Balsonaro has not sent anyone nor given this cause any consideration of how to contain this fire. However, because it is being used to “raise cattle,” there is no way they can restore what has been lost.

As of August 26th, 2019, the fire has spread to and created a new fire in Bolivia, where it is burning down villages and homes. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has sent soldiers and firefighters to combat the Amazon fires. 

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