Burning issue: how fashion’s love of leather is fuelling the fires in the Amazon

Devastation … an Amazon blaze this week. Photograph: Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images The level of destruction is almost impossible to fathom. About 41,000 fires have been recorded by scientists in the Brazilian Amazon since January, with more than half of those in the past three weeks – hence the apocalyptic headlines. Every minute, the equivalent of a football field and a half of the so-called lungs of the Earth is incinerated. The rainforest isn’t just totemic, we know that the future stability of the climate rests on preserving it. To be an onlooker…

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