As the Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented pace, new satellite image from NASA shows a huge cloud of poisonous carbon monoxide rising from detention.
Taken from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sander (AIR) device, aboard an Aqua satellite, images showing the cloud evolve between August 8 and August 22.
It is said to be starting first from the rainforests and spread across, most of the north of South America.
“A pollutant that can travel large distances, carbon monoxide can persist in the atmosphere for about a month,” NASA writes on its Website. “At the high altitude mapped in images, the gas has little effect on the air we breathe; But strong winds can do so if it has a significant impact on air quality.
The role of carbon monoxide is in the context of both air pollution and climate change. “
The large spectrum color varies, from yellow to red, which represents a fairly high increase in carbon monoxide in the atmosphere.
NASA said the green shows concentrations of about 100 parts in the Arabs (PPBV), while yellow is indicating 120 ppbv.
Ppbv 100 is considered a normal environment according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
What Actually is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely harmful to humans and can often be fatal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the most common symptoms of poisoning – “Head pain, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Last week, NASA’s satellites were able to capture smoke from massive wildfires in space. Amazonas, the largest country in Brazil, recently declared a state of emergency over forest fires, according to Euro News.
The State Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has registered that the amount of fire has increased by 85 percentage points in the past year, as the institute began to see it was looking at 2013. About half of the fires have been in the Amazon area, many just last month.
G7 Comes in Support
The French Summit (G7) Promised $20000 000 Monday, to help fight the flames in the Amazon and protect the rainforests, apart from the UK $12 000 000 and $11 000 000 from Canada.
International pledges are made by European countries and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, says, is rich countries have been treating Amazonas as “Colony”.
This came as a result of tensions between the European countries and Brazil region. Accusing that the West would tap Brazil’s natural resources.