Despite progress in reducing deforestation in the 2000s and early 2010s, this year the Amazon has seen more fires than it has seen in decades. What can be done?
August 2019 is continuing an active Amazon fire season, with large and intense fires burning in the region. @NASA satellites tracked actively burning fires across South America and captured images of smoke in the last week.
NASA's AIRS instrument maps carbon monoxide (CO) from fires burning in Brazil's Amazon region. This time series ⬇️ shows CO high in the atmosphere over Brazil from Aug. 8-22, 2019. Each "day" in the series is made by averaging three day's-worth of data:
“The Amazon region is burning!” The largest rainforest in the world, vital in the fight against global warming, home to one million indigenous people and millions of plants and animals This year it has seen “a record number of fires” (Inpe) THREAD⬇️
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