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The Amazon rain forest burns at an unprecedented rate, with new satellite images provided by NASA, shows a huge cloud of poisonous carbon monoxide gas to rise from the devastation.
Taken from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), an instrument on board the Aqua satellite, the images show that the cloud is changing between Aug. 8, and Aug. 22. It starts first time in Brazil, where the majority of the amazon rainforest, and eventually spread to most of the northern part of South America.
“As a pollutant that can travel long distances, the carbon monoxide can remain in the atmosphere for about a month,” NASA wrote on its website. “At the height of his assigned to them in these pictures, the throttle has very little effect on the air we breathe, however strong the wind may carry it to the bottom, where it can have a significant impact on the quality of the air. Carbon monoxide plays an important role in both air pollution and climate change.”
This time series shows the concentrations of carbon monoxide associated with a fire in the Amazon region of Brazil, from Dec. 8-22, 2019. Created with data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite images to map concentrations of carbon monoxide at 18,000 feet (5,500 metres of altitude. Each “day” of the series is made up by the average of the three days, up to the value of the measurement. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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The big ghost will change color from green, to yellow, to red, which means that there is a relatively large increase in the number of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. NASA said the space is used will give that a concentration of about 100 parts-per-billion by volume (ppbv), while the yellow is an indication of 120 ppbv.
The dark red is the representative of the 160 ppbv, but the  the local values that may be substantially higher,” NASA added.
100 ppbv, as is normally seen in the atmosphere, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely harmful to human health and can lead to death. According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are, headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, stomach upset, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.”
A bush burning with fire in the midst of the smoke on the way to Jacunda National Forest, in the vicinity of the city of Porto Velho, in the Vila Nova, Samuel, a region that is part of the brazilian Amazon, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged millions of dollars to help the Amazon countries, with the fight raging forest fires, even if the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro has accused the rich countries of the treatment of the area as a “colony.” (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
The CDC adds that those symptoms are often described as ‘flu-like’, and as a person breathe a lot of toxic gas, it can lead to fainting or even death.
Last week, NASA satellites were able to capture the smoke from the rampant wildfires in the area. Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, has recently been declared a state of emergency regarding the wildfires, according to Euro News.
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The country’s National Space Research Institute, which is responsible for the disappearance, that is, the number of fires has increased by 85 per cent to more than 77,000 in the past year, a record number since the institute began keeping in 2013. About half of the fires in the Amazon region, with many of them in the last few months.
At a summit in France of the Group of Seven nations, which have pledged $20 million on Monday to help in the fight against the flames of the Amazon, as well as the protection of the rain forest, in addition to a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million, and Canada.
The international promises came out in spite of the tensions between the European countries, and brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, who has accused the rich countries of the treatment of the area as a “colony,” and stated, in the West of the fish and to exploit Brazil’s natural resources.
However, the resources that are widely regarded as a critical aid, it is still a relatively small amount of money for dealing with an environmental crisis that threatens the President of france, Emmanuel Macron, has been called “the lungs of the planet.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.