Scientists are on high alert about the Amazon heading into a devastating fire season.
This is the outcome of a much anticipated study published last week in the journal Nature in which scientists performed 590 flights over the Amazon between 2010 and 2018 to measure local atmospheric amounts of carbon spanning eight years.
2019 was a destructive, devastating fire year, with the attention of the world all around it.
This momentum has made the forest a source of overall carbon emissions.
“The edge of a forest is warmer and drier than large tracts of unfragmented forest, so fires are more likely to start at the edges and move into the forest,”Marcos Heil Costa
The margins of the forest are warmer and drier than large swathes of it, meaning it is more likely that the fires enter the edge of the forest and spread to the forest, said Marcos Heil Costa, a professor at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil.