June 8, 2013
Amazon rainforest

Amazon rainforest     Photo: Ivan Mlinaric/Flickr

Invisible Fires Devastate the Amazon

Burn through 2.8 percent of the forest

NASA scientists have discovered that wildfires in the Amazon rainforest are the primary cause of deforestation in the region. Researchers have previously blamed agriculture for most of the deforestation as they were unable to track the fires, which burn below the forest canopy.

The study shows that understory forest fires burned around 2.8 percent of the forest between 1999 and 2010. The long, slow blazes creep below the canopy killing between 10 to 50 percent of trees, NASA announced. Scientists believe that a combination of climate conditions—like low humidity—and human activity are responsible for the blazes. Cooking, camping, cigarettes, and cars spark the blazes.

The new data may affect climate models using estimates of carbon emissions for disturbed forests.


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WATCH: Fireworks Truck Hits Moose, Goes Off

Driver escapes unharmed, condition of moose unknown

A large truck loaded with fireworks struck a wandering moose on Friday morning, shutting down the Trans Canada Highway for over 5 hours and setting off a killer fireworks display.

The collision occurred at about 1 a.m. on Friday morning near the town of Wawa, Ontario. The fuel tanks reportedly ruptured, sparking a fire. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, but not before the flames reached the fireworks in the back of the truck and got the party started.

Fortunately, the driver and his passenger were able to escape the cab of the truck unharmed. The moose’s condition, however, is still unknown.

Brenda Grundt, who originally reported the story for Wawa-News, says the moose threat is still far from over. “There were two moose involved in vehicle collisions last night,” writes Grundt. “Wawa-news saw five moose this morning, four on the way to the fire, and one crossed directly in front of the truck as we went back to Wawa.”

Residents are remaining vigilant.