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Social media helped increase coverage of the wildfires, but it’s also contributing to misinformation. There’s no question that several parts of the Amazon rainforest are on fire, and humans are likely the cause of the blazes. In Brazil alone, there are 80% more fires in 2019 than there were last year, according to the country’s space research center. More than half of the fires in Brazil are in its Amazon region. Satellite images are helping show just how many fires there are, and how much of their smoke has spread across the country. But photos on social media are conflating…

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