Are fires in the Amazon and elsewhere getting worse?

South American countries are meeting in Colombia to discuss how to respond to the fires that have spread across the Amazon basin.

But it is not just the Amazon that has been ablaze this summer, vast tracts of forest in Russia, Asia and Africa have also been burning.

The extent of the fires has sparked outrage around the world.
ā€œSiberia, one of the coldest places on Earth, is on fire. The Amazon, one of the wettest places on Earth, is on fire. Fires are burning across the planet, we need to act fast. ā€œ Greenpeace
But is the scale of these fires unprecedented, or have there been years in which they have been more extensive? With the help of satellite data we have looked at four areas - Brazil, Siberia, Indonesia and Central Africa. And we have concluded that although fires this year have wrought significant damage to the environment, they have been worse in the past.

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