A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Thousands of wildfires are decimating the Amazon, threatening the very existence of the world’s largest rainforest and a bulwark against climate change.

The Amazon rain forest continued to burn on August 23, with one government agency in Brazil registering nearly 73,000 separate fires – the highest number since records began in 2013.