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Of destructive blazes in the Amazon rain forest have been spewing out a toxic concoction into the air and caused a spike in air pollution, new satellite images from the European space agency, esa to show for it.
The ESA images, released on Monday, showed an increase of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and aerosol cans, such as the number of fires has also increased.
According to the brazilian National Institute for Space Research, the number of fires has increased over 100,000, an increase of 45 per cent from the same period of last year.
AMAZON BURNING: BY THE NUMBERS
Using the information from Copernicus Sentinel-5P, the image below shows the difference in the concentrations of carbon monoxide in the air, between July 2019 and August 2019 on top of the Amazon.
(European Space Agency)
AMAZON FIRE: WHY IS THE RAINFOREST AND BURN IT?
The fire, which can be seen from space, it is burning due to the extremely bio-diverse region, for more than a month’s time.
At least 2.5 million hectares of land have already burned.
“It is a tragedy of huge proportions,” Dr. Deby Cassill, an associate professor in USF’s Department of Biological Sciences, told Fox 13.
Environmental groups have said that the brands will have a negative impact on the environment.
There is a fire in the highway margin of the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, to be a part of the brazilian Amazon, at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
In addition to the increase in emissions, such as deforestation, contributes directly to a change in rainfall patterns in the affected areas, and the extension of the length of the dry season, which continue to affect the forests and biodiversity, agriculture and human health,” Greenpeace said in a statement.
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