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The Age of 'Mega-Fires'

2011-11-15

In many places, farmers and developers are using fire on massive scales to clear forests. The practice has powerful implications for climate, ecosystems and air quality. Explore this global issue with a visit to the area around the Peruvian Amazon frontier town of Pucallpa. (Below: experience the fires around Pucallpa firsthand.)

Experience the Fires

Walk through a raging blaze set by farmers near Pucallpa, Peru; watch farmers trying to control a blaze; visit with a former slash-and-burn farmer who is now a university professor studying fire. (Above, see a documentary on the use of fire in agriculture, and its implications.)