The city of Sao Paulo in Brazil fell into darkness just after 3pm on Monday.
Sunset wasn’t due for hours.
The image that emerged of a dark intersection, cars with their headlights beaming, and street lights radiating looked apocalyptic.
This is Sao Paulo today, 4PM. The cloud from the burning of Amazon rainforest in Rondonia, covered the city. Sao Paulo is 3300km (2052 miles) distant from Boa Vista. Athens is closer to London than Sao Paulo is to Boa Vista. Just to give you an idea of the damage. pic.twitter.com/rVVBFFxPZS
— Beyond the Shadows (@BeyondDShadows) August 19, 2019
According to the BBC, heavy smoke travelling from the burning Amazon rainforest had likely blocked the sun, leading to a citywide blackout.
When the story became world news, there was just one problem.
We did not know the Amazon was burning. There had been no front page reports or photographs or hashtags.
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When Notre Dame burned for 15 hours in April of this year, the story dominated world news. Ancient relics were saved, while the Cathedral’s wooden spire was engulfed by flames.
For three weeks the Amazon has burned. The single largest tropical rainforest in the world, responsible for 20 per cent of the clean air we breathe. It’s been long referred to as the “lungs of our planet“.
And cap wants to talk about Jill stien ? RT @Y2SHAF: a reminder that the amazon forest has been on fire for 3 weeks now and because of the lack of media coverage people don’t know about it. this is one of most important ecosystems on earth pic.twitter.com/JERjoKbWjE
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 21, 2019