In the past week, huge tracts of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforests, have burned to the ground. Smoke from the widespread fires could be seen from space and the European Union's satellite program, Copernicus, released a map showing smoke spreading all along Brazil to the east Atlantic coast. It has covered nearly half of the country and is drifting thousands of miles over to the neighbouring Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Scary images and videos emerged on social media, showing giant plumes of smoke rising from the greenery and lines of fire leaving blackened waste in their wake. The country’s capital, São Paulo, which is located at least 1,700 miles from the site of the fires blacked out on Monday after clouds of smoke blanketed the sun!