Wasps belonging to the genus Acrotaphus are notable for their size as well as their striking coloration.
"Aggressive efforts to eliminate ignition sources and suppress wildfires will be critical to conserve southern Amazon forests," said the authors of a new study.
"Since 2010, mile upon mile of rainforest has been replaced with a wide range of commercial developments, including cattle ranching, logging and the palm oil industry."
"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.
Scientists found the 288 foot tree during a project to scan parts of the rainforest with lasers.
"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.
Researchers announce there are three different species of electric eel, 250 years after first being found.
"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.
"The US has spent over $100 million on Trump's golf trips," journalist Jordan Uhl tweeted.
Amazon's end-of-summer sale coincides with the Brazil rainforest fire.
The Amazon rainforest is vital in that it not only provides so much oxygen, but that the burning of the forest is also a roadblock in the battle against global warming.
Recently released figures from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research showed an 83 percent increase in fire outbreaks in Brazil in comparison to the same period in 2018.
"I regret that president Macron seeks to take advantage of what is a domestic Brazilian issue and of other Amazonian countries for personal political gain," Bolsonaro tweeted.
"When forest land is cleared by fire for agricultural production, we lose it forever," said Meg Symington of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
"We are asking the authorities to set up an inquiry to investigate what is leading to the increase in fires in this region and hold the culprits to account."
The Amazon is still engulfed in flames.