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Pantanal Ablaze

Nearly a third of Brazil’s Pantanal region – the world’s largest tropical wetland and flooded grasslands, sprawling across some 140.000 to 160.000 square kilometers –  was consumed by fires over the course of 2020. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, there were a triple the number of fires in 2020 compared to 2019. The Pantanal, which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and is one of Brazil’s most important biomes , is suffering its worst drought in nearly 50 years.


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