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This August, the world watched as the Amazon burned. There were 30,901 individual fires that lapped at the largest rainforest in the world. While fires can occur in the dry season due to natural factors, like lightning strikes, it is believed that the widespread fires were started by loggers and farmers to clear land. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, cites a different cause: the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio wasn't accused of hanging out in the rainforest with a box of matches, however President Bolsonaro did accuse the actor of funding nonprofit organizations that allegedly set fires to raise donations.

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Networks Catching on to Link Between Climate Change, Extreme Weather

The evening news broadcasts on CBS, NBC, and ABC all discussed the connection between climate change and extreme weather on Tuesday night.

Remember when we told you last week that several major media outlets were completely dropping the ball by failing to mention the link between extreme weather events and climate change? Well, the media has finally started to get its act together—or at least the three major networks have. In a stunning turnaround Tuesday night, the evening news broadcasts on CBS, NBC, and ABC all discussed the fact that climate change is probably responsible for a lot of the extreme weather we’ve been seeing recently.

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Climate Change Happening Now, Even if Media Hasn't Caught On

The Colorado wildfires are "a window into what global warming really looks like." Someone just needs to tell most media outlets that.

Climate scientists have usually hesitated to attribute specific weather events to climate change, but with wildfires blazing across Colorado, extreme heat advisories and droughts across the United States, and flooding in Minnesota and Florida, that’s starting to change. As one atmospheric scientist put it, “this is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level.” Or as a member of the United Nations’ climate science panel said, the extreme weather is “a window into what global warming really looks like.” But while scientists have known for a while that climate change is causing increasingly extreme weather events, it seems that most of the media still hasn’t caught on.

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