It’s alarming to see this photo taken in August by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, which shows multiple fires raging in South America’s Amazon rainforest, where for years farmers have been burning down trees to clear land.
The northern of department of Beni had the highest number of hot spots with 686, followed by La Paz with 599, and Pando had 204 hot spots.
Scientists have long known that halting climate change will be impossible without stopping the destruction of the world’s forests.
Space monitoring of forest fires has shown that until last year 71.3% of fires that affected the country occurred in the department of Santa Cruz and 23.7% in Beni.
Selective logging and small sub-canopy fires are degrading vast areas of rainforest across the Brazilian Amazon, contributing to largely hidden carbon emissions, argues a study published today in Global Change Biology.
In the Brazilian Amazon deforestation is a serious problem. But a new study suggests that there is another threat to the rainforest that has been largely ignored: fire.
Over the course of our experiment, 60 percent of the trees died with combined drought and repeated fire.
On Facebook, Luiz Paulo Ferraz, executive secretary of the Association of the Golden Tamarin Lion, which operates within the biological reserve of Poco das Antas, wrote a striking reaction to the fire. Read the full text.
The Ministry of Environment has determined that, between May and December 2014, environmental emergency will be declared in central and southwestern of Amazonas State.
Foundation monitored daily fire and used satellite images to measure the severity of the event.