RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The fires that have ravaged the Pantanal wetlands for two months are the largest in history. Data from the National Center for the Prevention and Combat of Forest Fires (PREVFOGO) show that 15 percent of the Pantanal was consumed, an area equivalent to 2.2 million hectares, or the territory of Israel. By mid-September, satellites monitoring the region for the National Space Research Institute, INPE, had already detected 12,703 active fire outbreaks, representing dozens of uncontrolled patch burn fronts. These are the highest figures since official records began in 1998.
However, more than numbers . . .