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Multimedia | The Age of 'Mega-Fires'

Nov, 15 2011

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.)