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Amazon fires melt glaciers

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 02 December 2019

 

Editor's note

Fires burnt through much of the Amazon rainforest earlier this year. The fires emitted vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, threatened communities who live in the forest, and destroyed vital habitats for plants and animals found nowhere else. But you probably know all this. What you may not know is that soot from fires in the Amazon is also blown westwards and settles on glaciers high in the Andes mountains. The soot makes the ice darker, which means it absorbs more heat – and melts faster. Matthew Harris reports on a new study linking Amazon fires to melting Andean glaciers.

Will de Freitas

Environment + Energy Editor

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