Leonardo DiCaprio Falls For Old Pic Going Viral As Amazon Rainforest Fire

The photograph was also shared by French President Emmanuel Macron and retweeted by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Falls For Old Pic Going Viral As Amazon Rainforest Fire

Leonardo DiCaprio shared an old photograph that shows smoke billowing from a forest.


A record number of wildfires are burning huge tracts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The fires have raised concerns about the future of the world's largest tropical forest - often considered to be the 'lungs' of the planet for the carbon dioxide they take in.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was among the many celebrities, leaders and concerned netizens who shared posts urging for action against the forest fires. On Thursday, he shared an image on Instagram that shows smoke billowing from a forest and wrote: "Terrifying to think that the Amazon is the largest rain forest on the planet, creating 20% of the earth's oxygen, basically the lungs of the world, has been on fire and burning for the last 16 days running."

The image was also shared by French President Emmanuel Macron, who called the Amazon rainforest fire an "international crisis" and asked members of the G7 Summit to hold a discussion on it.

The image was also retweeted by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But while their concern was appreciated, many people pointed out that there was one thing wrong with their posts - the image was not actually of the ongoing blaze.

In fact, a simple reverse image search shows that the photograph of the forest fire is a few years old and also appears on stock shot image website Alamy.

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According to CTV News, it was clicked by American photojournalist Loren McIntyre.

On Thursday, the United Nations called for the protection of the burning Amazon rainforest as Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro blamed NGOs for promoting an "environmental psychosis" to damage the country's interests.

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