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US NewsThe blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.

07:45  23 august  2019
07:45  23 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest.

Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest. Record heat, drought, and deforestation are contributing to wildfire risk.

The blazes are so huge that smoke can be seen from space , and experts say the fires could have Much of the rain in the Amazon is generated by the rainforest itself, but as trees disappear, rainfall Such a massive loss of forest would be felt on a global scale . Protecting the Amazon is often touted

Amazon forest fires can be seen from SPACE : Wild blazes that are destroying swathes of World Meteorological Organization maps show emissions drifting far out into the Atlantic close to West Africa. Although more than 72,000 fires have been recorded in 2019, over 9,500 have ignited in the last week.

(Video by: Reuters)

In the last couple of weeks, thousands of fiery infernos have sparked across the Amazon rainforest, razing tropical vegetation, trees, and the fauna they house.

Since August 15, more than 9,500 new forest fires have started across Brazil, primarily in the Amazon basin. The blazes - and the choking smoke clouds they create - are visible from space. The NASA satellite image above shows how far the smoke has traveled over the continent.

How Did the Amazon Rainforest Fires Start?

How Did the Amazon Rainforest Fires Start? Brazil has experienced a record number of wildfires this year, more than half of which occurred in the Amazon region. That's according to data collected by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). © Thomson Reuters Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, Brazil August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino The figures show an 83 percent increase in comparison to the same period in 2018, representing the highest number of blazes since the agency began collecting such data in 2013, Reuters reported.

13 shows several fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon forest. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research said the country has seen a record number It’s often touted as one of the planet’s biggest oxygen suppliers as well as a key mechanism to absorb carbon dioxide and thereby slow the effects

The Amazon shows up in satellite pictures like a sandy-coloured snake in the dark blue and green backdrop of the forest. It’s so long that even if you zoom out with a camera lens from space , you won’t be able to capture the whole river.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © NOAA Global Forest Watch, an organization sponsored by the World Resources Institute to monitor forests and track fires using satellite data, reported more than 109,000 fire alerts in Brazil between August 13 and yesterday.

Those blazes are mapped below.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © Courtesy of Global Forest Watch This is a record-breaking year of fires in Brazil

Already, 2019 has the highest number of fires observed in Brazil in any year since researchers began keeping track in 2013 - and there are still four months to go.

So far, scientists have recorded more than 74,000 fires in Brazil in 2019. That's nearly double 2018's total of about 40,000 fires. The surge marks an 83% increase in wildfires over the same period of 2018, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported.

Amazon fires: Brazil's president accuses world leaders of 'interfering'

Amazon fires: Brazil's president accuses world leaders of 'interfering' Brazil's president has accused other countries of interfering as they express fears for the burning Amazon rainforest. The number of forest fires in Brazil - more than 74,000 - has increased by 83% compared with the same period last year, with smoke that is visible from 400 miles up in space. World leaders are increasingly worried about the situation, as the Amazon - described as the world's lungs - is a vital absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The blazes , which have engulfed parts of the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso in Brazil, were captured on Aug. 11 and 13. A chunk of the Amazon rainforest has been ravaged by fires for weeks — and the smoke from the infernos is so intense, it can be seen from space .

The killer blazes - the biggest in the fire -prone state's history - now cover a combined area the size of the city of Los Angeles and it's feared they will only get bigger . These fires are frightening to watch, even from space . Here's a shout-out from space to all firefighters on this planet, my former colleagues.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © Maxar Technologies The largest state in Brazil, Amazonas, declared a state of emergency on Monday.

Gallery: Fires in Brazil and the Amazon (Photo Services)

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.
The smoke plumes from blazes in the Amazon have spread from the state of Amazonas to the nearby states of Pará and Mato Grosso, and even blotted out the sun in São Paulo - a city more than 2,000 miles away.

In total, the blazes have created a layer of smoke estimated to be 1.2 million square miles wide. This image from the European Union's Copernicus Satellite shows the smoke slicing north to south through Brazil.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Deforestation could spell disaster for the world's largest rainforest

This week of fires comes on the heels of another worrisome milestone for the world's largest rainforest. July set a new record for the most deforestation ever in the Amazon in a single month, The Guardian reported. The Amazon shrunk by 519 square miles (1,345 square kilometers). That's an area about 23 times the size of Manhattan.

Data from Brazilian satellites indicated that about three football fields' worth of Amazonian trees fell every minute last month.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © Maxar Technologies/AP

Source: Terra Brasilis


The deforestation is directly linked to fires in the Amazon, since farmers sometimes set the forest ablaze to make room for livestock pastures and crop fields. These purposeful burns can then get out of control.

Near the Amazon fires, residents are sick, worried, and angry

Near the Amazon fires, residents are sick, worried, and angry In Porto Velho, capital of a Brazilian state ravaged by recent fires, residents are on edge and falling ill from the pervasive smoke.

Forest fires are surging in Brazil, with the country's space agency reporting almost 8,000 fires already this year. Scientist Carlos Nobre from Sao Paolo University says politics is to blame for the alarming increase. So really, most of the forest fires in the Amazon are not natural forest fires , they are

Fire ! Bad news: a record-breaking number of fires are burning up Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The blazes are so serious that they ’re easily spotted While wildfires naturally occur in the dry season, this week’s fire is on an entirely different scale . “The dry season creates the favorable conditions for

Warmer conditions because of climate change can allow blazes that crop up during the Amazon's dry season to grow bigger than they otherwise might have. Global warming also increases the likelihood and frequency of wildfires around the world.

In the past 50 years, roughly 20% of the Amazon - about 300,000 square miles - has been cut down in Brazil, according to the Intercept.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. © Maxar Technologies If another 20% of the Amazon were to disappear, that could trigger a feedback loop known as a dieback, in which the rainforest would turn into an African savannah-type landscape.

In that situation, the tropical trees - and the fauna they support - would disappear, releasing up to 140 billion tons of stored carbon into the atmosphere and causing an uptick in already rising global temperatures.

Once a dieback starts, the Amazon would be "beyond the reach of any subsequent human intervention or regret," the Intercept reported.

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