Shocking satellite images show there are MORE wildfires raging in Africa than in the Amazon as blazes devastate the world’s ‘second green lung’

SHOCKING new satellite images show there are now MORE wildfires raging across Africa than in the flame-ravaged Amazon.

More than one million square miles of forest in the Congo Basin are now ablaze in an area known as the Earth’s “second green lung.”

In the startling NASA images, the fires appear to burn across the centre of the continent from Gabon to Angola.

At the G7 summit, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted about Africa’s blazes revealing world leaders were examining a similar initiative to the one proposed to combat Brazil’s blazes.

“The forest is also burning in sub-Saharan Africa” he posted.

Over a period of two days last week Angola had roughly three times more fires than Brazil, according to data from the Weather Source.

The stats revealed there were 6,902 fires in Angola and 3,395 fires in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, compared with around 2,200 recorded fires in Brazil.

Like the Amazon, the African forests absorb CO2 and are sanctuaries for hundreds of endangered species.

By Jon Lockett at