Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

The Amazon Forest Has Been Burning For Weeks And NASA Shares Photos From Space
206points
User submission
21.2K
129.9K
Social Issues3 years ago

The Amazon Forest Has Been Burning For Weeks And NASA Shares Photos From Space

On Monday afternoon, the whole city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, went completely dark – as it turns out, the city was buried in smoke by the strong winds coming from the Amazon rainforest fires burning nearly 1,700 miles away. According to Reuters, Brazil’s space research center INPE has detected almost 72,843 wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

(This photo was taken during Amazon fires in 1989)

The research center states that their satellite data showed an 83% increase in the same period in 2018, showing that this year Amazon has suffered a record number of forest fires.

Image credits: shannongsims

The citizens of Sao Paulo were shocked when they witnessed a daytime blackout, one Twitter user said: “Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke”.

Image credits: shannongsims

Image credits: shannongsims

Image credits: shannongsims

The blackout lasted around an hour and came from the fires burning in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia. Together with the veil of smoke the levels of CO2 spiked greatly in the surrounding areas.

Image credits: Leandro Matozo/GloboNews

Image credits: bilocabr

Image credits: sevenstarsARMY

But they weren’t the only ones who noticed an increased fire activity. NASA released photos taken from space which show smoke surrounding the Amazon rainforest.

Image credits: leandromota

Image credits: NASA

Even though the Amazon has been relatively fire-resistant due to its natural moisture and humidity, wildfires have increased during the last couple of decades and the cause is attributed to a combination of drought and human activity.

Image credits: NASA

Experts associate this year’s increase with Jair Bolsonaro who took office as president in January and vowed to develop the Amazon region for farming and mining, ignoring the increased deforestation.

Image credits: NASA

Here’s how people reacted

Image source: StaceyW32933359

Image source: eunbugs

Image source: doug34784

Image source: HighEndMe

Image source: RonnyRotten5150

Image source: YEBINXS

130Kviews

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
Hey pandas, what do you think?
Xandra
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes I feel like crying when I see what we're doing to our planet, and I'm kind of glad I don't have kids so they can live through what will follow...

K Miller
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree! It's so discouraging! Things like this make me feel helpless, like how is one person supposed to help make a difference?

Load More Replies...
TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
3 years ago

To read that their president vowed to use the amazon for farming and mining sickens and disappoints me. I live no where near the Amazon and even I know how important it is to our planet. The animals... the ecosystem.... all being destroyed.

rakuninaru
Community Member
3 years ago

Coming back to this post, Bolivia has already had more than 2 million hectares burnt thanks to president Evo Morales who gave away land to his people in the forest. These people want that land so they can cultivate more coca and they are the ones who keep on burning it despite de volunteers effort to fight against the fire. Evo Morales refuses to ask for international help and to declare a national emergency. Their "colonos" even asked for more land. It's heartbreaking to see all the wild fauna burnt. Heartbreaking. Impotence agains this government is the least we can say

Load More Replies...
ChiveChilly
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so sad and honestly, scary

Paul Chang
Community Member
3 years ago

Prime example of mankind’s greed and disregard for home

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Xandra
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes I feel like crying when I see what we're doing to our planet, and I'm kind of glad I don't have kids so they can live through what will follow...

K Miller
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree! It's so discouraging! Things like this make me feel helpless, like how is one person supposed to help make a difference?

Load More Replies...
TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
3 years ago

To read that their president vowed to use the amazon for farming and mining sickens and disappoints me. I live no where near the Amazon and even I know how important it is to our planet. The animals... the ecosystem.... all being destroyed.

rakuninaru
Community Member
3 years ago

Coming back to this post, Bolivia has already had more than 2 million hectares burnt thanks to president Evo Morales who gave away land to his people in the forest. These people want that land so they can cultivate more coca and they are the ones who keep on burning it despite de volunteers effort to fight against the fire. Evo Morales refuses to ask for international help and to declare a national emergency. Their "colonos" even asked for more land. It's heartbreaking to see all the wild fauna burnt. Heartbreaking. Impotence agains this government is the least we can say

Load More Replies...
ChiveChilly
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so sad and honestly, scary

Paul Chang
Community Member
3 years ago

Prime example of mankind’s greed and disregard for home

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda