One out of four photos Alia shared from August 2019
The only image Alia shared from the August 2019 fires is the one on the bottom left, which was released by the NASA Earth Observatory, along with other satellite imaging from the fires. However, she isn't the only one to have shared misleading photos.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Madonna also shared misleading photos
Separately, President of Chile Sebastián Piñera shared an image, which dates back to a September 2013 Amazon rainforest fire near Novo Progresso, Para State. In the tweet, Piñera mentioned he has spoken to Brazilian President Jail Bolsonaro and Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma about the fires.
Official data reports 78,383 fires in Amazon this year
While many other celebrities, journalists, activists, and politicians shared misleading photos of the Amazon fires, the fact remains that the rainforest has been burning alarmingly, billowing smoke thousands of miles away, reaching the city of Sao Paolo.
Although the rainforest doesn't catch fire so often as it remains damp, official data reports there have been 78,383 forest fires this year, the highest since 2013.
1,663 new fires ignited in Amazon on Thursday, Friday alone
According to the National Institute for Space Research, out of total forest fires recorded in Brazil this year, over half were in the Amazon- home to 30 million people, including tribes, and millions of animal and plant species. 1,663 were ignited between Thursday and Friday.
Activists blame Bolsonaro for fires; Bolsonaro blames NGOs
According to experts, the reason behind the rising number in forest fires is the increased deforestation in the region during the months-long drought.
Environmental activists blame Bolsonaro's policies for the fires, while the President accused non-government organizations of setting the fires.
As the authorities continue to point fingers at each other, the Amazon, which produces 20% of the world's oxygen, is facing irreparable damage.