Latest photos from São Paulo, Brazil of the sky changing ashen grey in the heart of the afternoon has sought to highlight the devastating fires currently destroying the Amazon Rainforest.
The devastating viral images have undoubtedly helped raise consciousness about the ongoing wildfires in the Amazon, some meteorologists think the events in São Paulo may actually be coming from fires and smoke in Paraguay. According to the BBC:
The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018. It comes weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sacked the head of the agency amid rows over its deforestation data.
The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people. [source]
INPE said it had identified more than 74,000 fires between January and August – the largest number since records began in 2013. It said it had seen more than 9,500 forest fires since Thursday, mostly in the Amazon region.
🌎Just a little alert to the world: the sky randomly turned dark today in São Paulo, and meteorologists believe it’s smoke from the fires burning *thousands* of kilometers away, in Rondônia or Paraguay. Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke(!). SOS🌎 pic.twitter.com/P1DrCzQO6x
— Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) August 20, 2019