Dark clouds of smoke smothered cities in Brazil as parts of the Amazon burned at a rate not seen in years. For a few weeks in August of 2019, the world’s eyes were fixed on Brazil and its government’s response.
It is estimated that over 906 thousand hectares of forest within the Amazon biome were lost to fires in just a few weeks.
In addition to the impact on global climate, the fires created environmental concerns from the excess carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide due to the fires’ emissions. Other concerns include potential impacts on the biodiversity of the Amazon and threats to indigenous tribes that live within the forest.