This massive fire is one of thousands of blazes sweeping the Brazilian Pantanal — the world’s largest wetland — this year in what climate scientists fear could become a new normal, echoing the rise in climate-driven fires from California to Australia.
Even if that does not happen, scientists fear global temperature increases on their own would make vast burning ever more common.
No humans have died in the Pantanal fires, according to Mato Grosso state firefighting Lt. Col. Jean Oliveira, who has been leading all government agencies in the fire response.
Carlos Augusto Rodrigues, 35, separates cattle with the help of his friend Idalino Menino Pereira, 53, on the ranch where Rodrigues works.
KEYWORDS oceans, Brazil, Climate change, environment