Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Amazon is burning

Álvaro Valiño is surprised by the scarcity of infographics about the fires in the Amazon—it's a huge story—and calls attention to this piece by QZ. The article says that these are not wildfires:
The Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate, and the fires are unlikely starting themselves. Rather they may be set by people in an attempt to clear land for cattle ranching.
The article contains a annotated satellite images and a worrying map of active fires in a period of 24 hours on August 21:

UPDATE: Bloomberg and other news organizations have published visual pieces about the fires in the Amazon.