Capturing The Footage
NASA satellites pick things up all around the world, but there was one that caught their attention: the Amazon fires. Not only could they detect the change in the atmosphere, but the satellites showed a worrying increase in carbon monoxide above the rainforest – and now scientists are worried.
Carbon monoxide is formed whenever anything containing carbon is burned, but there isn’t enough oxygen. It is odorless and colorless, meaning carbon monoxide often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. If we breathe too much in, it can bind with the hemoglobin in our blood. This means it can no longer carry oxygen around our bodies as efficiently and could end our lives.
Carbon monoxide is more dangerous in an enclosed space than it is in the air. However, the satellite images show there is a high level coming from the fires. This could soon have more effects on climate change and air pollution, as well as having an impact on people close enough to the source.
The Amazon Rainforest is often referred to as the lungs of the planet as it plays a critical role in maintaining natural processes. Seeing so much of it get destroyed and the new levels of carbon monoxide could spell disaster in the near future.
Fires in the Amazon appear to be the new norm. However, many won’t rest until they have done everything they can to put a stop to them once and for all to protect the rainforest. Hopefully, it won’t be too late.