Environment

It’s not just Brazil that’s ablaze. Bolivian fires threaten wildlife

The extreme heat has made fighting the fires intolerable for those involved. Ipa Ibañez, Author provided
The extreme heat has made fighting the fires intolerable for those involved. Ipa Ibañez, Author provided

Up to 800,000 hectares of the unique Chiquitano forest were burned to the ground in Bolivia between August 18 and 23. That’s more forest area than is usually destroyed across the country in the space of two years. Experts say that it will take at least two centuries to repair the ecological damage caused by the fires, while at least 500 species are said to be at risk from the flames.

The Chiquitano dry forest in Bolivia was the largest healthy tropical dry forest in the world. It’s now unclear whether it will retain that status. The forest...

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