Forest fires in the Amazon are generating smoke that can be seen from space, according to Reuters.
The smoke resulting from some of these wildfires was also captured in satellite images released by NASA last week. Josélia Pegorim, Climatempo meteorologist told Globo.
The smoke did not come from fires from the state of São Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia. The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to São Paulo.
The Amazon rainforest has been fire-resistant throughout its history due to its humid conditions. But an increase in the frequency of droughts in combination with human activities in the forest has led to a spike in the number of fires.
Scientists from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January.
The president called the satellite database a lie and accused them of smearing the country’s reputation abroad. He said his country has “no need” for German aid aimed at helping protect the Amazonian forest.
Ricardo Galvao, the head of INPE defended his team’s research and was fired days later.