It had been more than a decade since Brazil recorded over 10,000 square kilometers (3,861.022 square miles) of deforestation in the Amazon in a year.
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"What's at stake is the ability to advocate for human rights in our society," Steven Donziger said the day he began serving a six-month prison sentence.
"It's because of changes of the global local climate, especially. We have less humidity and less rainfall," said Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the WMO.
With the Amazon rainforest no longer slowing the effects of global warming, but instead contributing to it, we now have an even narrower window in which to act.
Gordon Hempton, aka the Sound Tracker, talks to Newsweek about the importance of silence as the world starts churning again, and his quest to preserve natural vanishing soundscapes from the Amazon Rainforest to the world's first urban quiet park in Taiwan.
Data from the Manuas' port authorities shows that these are the highest flooding levels the area has seen since records began around 1900.
Satellite data recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon in July, a 28 percent increase from the number of fires this time last year.
"2020 is set up to be a dangerous year for fires in the Amazon," NASA scientist Doug Morton said.
Some experts think that the hole formed as a result of natural processes, while others argue that humans may be partly to blame.
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"Aggressive efforts to eliminate ignition sources and suppress wildfires will be critical to conserve southern Amazon forests," said the authors of a new study.
"The precious Amazon is teetering on the edge of functional destruction and, with it, so are we," the editors of a leading scientific journal wrote.
Significant fire outbreaks in the Amazon, Australia and the Arctic Circle—among others—made headlines around the world this year.
According to the scientists, there are three main types of fire in the Amazon—all of which are caused my human activities.
The Amazon rainforest is important to the global climate because of its role in storing vast amounts of carbon dioxide.
Robert Dowling has taken a 287-pound bathtub with him on endurance challenges like crossing a Bolivian desert, sailing down the Amazon and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Only one final adventure remains.
Raoni Metuktire has been an outspoken activist against Brazilian leaders who have been dismissive of the destruction plaguing the Amazon.
Fires still blaze across the Amazon rainforest at a rate that continues to surpass the number of fires in 2018. But while August saw a nine-year high in fires, September—a dry month which the number of fires has historically tended to increase— saw a sharp drop. Scientists are not sure why.
"The Amazon is a carbon sink, which slows the rate of carbon dioxide build up in the atmosphere, and thus climate warming," said James Randerson from the University of California, Irvine.
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"If Brazil does not retreat from the course it is on, scientists warn there will come a time in the near future when Amazonian fires burn without control and push the forest to a point of no return," researcher Robert Walker said.
President Donald Trump's ally in Brazil is so fearful of foreign interference and losing power that he's willing to let the largest tropical rainforest on Earth burn.
"These fires are now not just an environmental catastrophe, they're also potentially genocidal," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.
The latest moves could potentially open up more than half of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to logging, mining and energy projects.
"There are many many reasons to be concerned…but a risk to the world's oxygen supply is not one of them," Allison Mills from Michigan Technological University told Newsweek.
"The Amazon needs more than our prayers," DiCaprio posted on Instagram.