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.

Amazon (company), Inc. is an American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. (wikipedia)

Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest, alternatively, the Amazon jungle or Amazonia, is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. (wikipedia)

National Institute for Space Research

Research unit of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the main goals of which are fostering scientific research and technological applications (wikipedia)

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