Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
The world’s largest wetlands are currently ablaze

Fishing guide Amilton Brandao walks through what should be flooded land in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state, but instead finds it dried to a crisp. The region, home to the Pantanal wetlands, is currently being ravaged by fires. Brandao describes the once lush wetlands as resembling a desert, with fire everywhere and a wall of smoke in the distance.

As he helps farmer Cleiton Jose save his cattle from the encroaching fire, Brandao explains that the ranch is only accessible by boat, but the area where the cattle are stranded can only be reached by horse due to the nature of the wetlands. Jose expresses the urgency of moving the cattle to a safer location before they are surrounded by the flames and their lives are at risk.

Satellite data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research shows a staggering 980% increase in the number of fires in the Pantanal compared to the same period last year. This has raised concerns as the region enters the riskiest season for wildfires, which typically peaks in August and September.

Brandao reflects on

By Aiden Nguyen

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