The lungs of the world” are burning.

More than 74,000 fires have consumed approximately 7,200 square miles this year in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon, according to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research. The world counts on its largest rainforest to cleanse our atmosphere of greenhouse gases. 

Here are six graphics that put the number and scale of this year’s fires in perspective as well as the potential implications for climate change.

First, a look at active fires in South America during a 24-hour period shows just how active this season has been. 

Active fires in the AmazonFire alerts have surged

More than 55,000 fire alerts have been issued this month in the Amazon’s Pará region. 


Fires are not uncommon in the Amazon, but this region — with some of the

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