Fires

Rhett Butler, Mongabay
Planet images showing Nova Bandeirantes in Mato Grosso after a fire on Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo: courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.)
With near-daily overflights and high-resolution imagery, Planet's constellation of satellites is providing a clear look at some of the fires now burning in the Brazilian Amazon
Eoin Higgins, staff writer
A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil.
"We must stand together behind the Indigenous communities and leaders across...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A fire burns along a highway in a deforested section of the Amazon basin on November 23, 2014 in Ze Doca, Brazil.
"We will not watch our future burn away," said climate campaigners

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