“Across the globe, tropical rainforests are burning. Even as the Amazon continues to burn, the rainforest in the Congo Basin –– the second-largest rainforest on Earth –– is on fire. And again in Indonesia, the third-largest and some of the oldest rainforests in the world are going up in smoke.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, the skies turned black from smoke. In Indonesia, the toxic haze –– a dense and unrelenting noxious mix –– is turning the sky a vibrant red and threatens the lives of 10 million children, along with countless endangered species that call the forest home. This is the worst fire season in Indonesia since 2015, when more than 2.6 million hectares of forest, peat, and other land burned, an area roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts. In 2015, the haze was responsible or the premature deaths of 100,000 people, according to the World Bank.” (Read More)