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Fires Rage in the Amazon

This summer’s fires in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil grabbed the world’s attention. In August, the country’s National Institute for Space Research detected 30,901 fires in the region, almost three times the number seen a year ago. Photographs showed enormous destruction in an ecosystem that is vitally important locally and globally. Now researchers say the problems could be even worse: many trees that are still alive will die during the coming years, and the forest could take thousands of years to regain its current capacity to store carbon.

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