Environment

It will take a lifetime (at least) for the Amazon to recover

Amazon fires: what will happen if they keep burning?
Amazon fires: what will happen if they keep burning?

There have been a huge number of fires across Brazil this year—about 76 percent more than the same period last year. And just 48 hours after the government issued a 60-day blanket ban on all burning and land clearing, satellite data found that 2,000 more fires started in the Amazon alone. The 2019 fires will have a big and long-lasting impact on the forest itself, and the wider world.

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, and might be home to a quarter of the Earth’s land-bound species. If it continues to burn, it’s likely to...

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