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Satellite Data Shows Amazon Rainforest Is Drier And Could Be At Risk For Fires

New satellite data shows that the Amazon rainforest is drier than usual and could be at risk of fires this year.

New satellite data shows that the Amazon rainforest is drier than usual and could be at risk of fires this year. The data shows regions of the Amazon that have severe negative changes in the soil’s moisture and groundwater. This translates to drier forest, and even though the likelihood of a severe drought isn’t on the scene, a drier year could increase the spread of wildfires. It could also trigger an earlier spike in deforestation rates. Brazil’s Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Research (CPTEC) shows in its climate models that there is no indication of above-average rain in the coming months.

These drier than usual areas of the Amazon are coming after its rainy season. During the season, the rainfall index was well below historical levels. Both NASA and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research point out that stressed climate conditions such as drier soil, higher temperatures, and depleted groundwater are the issue here.

Image courtesy NASA and the United States National Drought Mitigation Center

In 2019, the Amazon’s humidity helped contain the flames of its deadly wildfires, but this year, it may not be so lucky. President of the Earth Innovation Institute and forest ecologist Daniel Nepstad told Mongabay, “It’s very worrisome, it could be that there are much more fire events than what we saw last year, and earlier in the season.” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hasn’t really helped matters either. Like Trump has done here in America, he has scaled back environmental protections. Bolsonaro has also advocated opening up indigenous reserves to mining and other activities that will create destruction of the Amazon. In fact, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has cut down on environmental raids. This has increased deforestation, land grabbing, and even wildcat mining. Wildcat mining is the exploration of oil wells drilled in areas not known to be oil fields.

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