As destruction of the Amazon continues, it threatens to cut off the “flying rivers” of water vapour that bring reliable rain further south…
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Pantanal, the World’s Biggest Wetland, is on Fire – Why You Need to Worry; Victoria Moraes; Impakter
Pantanal, one of the worlds most diverse biomes, has been on fire for months. Here is what you need to know and why you need to worry.
The Pantanal, the world’s largest freshwater wetland, is burning! Over the last few months vast swathes of this beautiful but fragile ecosystem has been destroyed by devastating forest fires, mostly caused by human activities. Extreme drought throughout 2020 has blighted the region. Rainfall is 50% less than it was the previous year which has left some lakes, rivers, and swamps completely dry. Compounding these effects of climate change is deforestation of the nearby Amazon. Together with the mostly illegal burning of land by farmers for cattle and soy, ideal conditions for the spread of these fires have been created—and now they are burning out of control!
The Unesco World Heritage Area contains the highest concentration of wildlife on the continent.
The Pantanal – 4 Gateways to the world’s largest inland wetlands (Brazil); Karin Marijke; Land Cruising Adventure
Among the easiest place to watch wildlife in South America, the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil can be visited from four sides. Here’s how.
See Brazil’s wild tropical wetlands from this luxury expedition boat; James Gabriel Martin; Lonely Planet
Imagine a Haor bigger than Bangladesh. It fills with water during the rains and empties in dry season. This is the Pantanal, one of the world’s great wilderness areas. It is a wetland in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state that extends into Bolivia and Paraguay. Covering between 54,000 and 75,000 square miles, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its ecological diversity.
Source: The Pantanal
At more than 49.4 million acres, the Pantanal is the largest and one of the most pristine wetlands in the world.
Backyard Birding In Merida, Yucatan And Beyond – My Jaguar Journey, Part 1 Of 3; Cherie Pittillo; The Yucatan Times
Jaguar, Panthera onca, El Jaguar (Spanish), Balam (Mayan), Onça (Brazilian Portuguese).
Living in the Yucatan jaguars seemed ever present whether visiting Maya ruins or the protected preserves of Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan’s private El Zapotal Reserve, the private Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve and Calakmul Biosphere Reserve , and in architecture, literature, art and sculpture.
‘The Pantanal is national heritage’: protecting the world’s largest wetlands; Sam Cowie; The Guardian
Spanning Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia and home to 4,700 species, the Pantanal wetlands are under threat from deforestation and agriculture. But local people are taking on the challenge to protect this unique region.