Last Updated: 6 September 2019

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest as captured by CNN correspondent © Cable News Network/Nick Paton Walsh

Numerous parts of the Amazon rainforest has been burning since May 2019. As of July 2019, 469 900 hectares of rainforests have been lost to the fire, with 225 500 hectares of forests being burnt in July alone. When compared to July 2018’s 59 700 hectares of burnt forests, the spike in numbers have been blamed on worsening Amazon drought and climate change. In fact, most of the fires are believed to be started by people intent on clearing the land for cattle ranching, soybean farming, and other agribusinesses.

On 12 August 2019, the state of Amazonas, Brazil, declared a state of emergency over the rising number of forest fires. On 14 August 2019, the smoke billowing from the fires covered an area almost the size of the European Union. Santiago Gassó, a researcher at NASA pointed out that “smoke not only prevents solar energy from reaching the earth, but also inhibits the formation of clouds”.

As the burning of the Amazon rainforest aggravates global warming, Kyrios decides to intervene despite the fires having been started by people. We expect the fight to contain and stop the fires to be a long, arduous one.

As Kyrios intervenes in the Amazon rainforest fires, we will be using data from from NASA’s Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and JAXA’s Global Rainfall Watch (GSMaP) to track the rainfall in the region.

Timeline of events

14 August 2019

Kyrios decides to intervene and predicted that the fires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil, will be put out by 6 September 2019. Kyrios focuses on stabilising the wildfires near the Arctic circle first before turning her attention to the Amazon rainforest.

19 August 2019

After putting out most of the fires near Irkutsk and Batagay in Siberia, she turns her attention to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Upon intervening, rain starts to fall on the southern regions of the Amazon. No rain was seen for several days in these regions before she intervened. The regions experiencing rains is marked by the blue and green colourations of the time lapse image from JAXA below.

20 August 2019

Kyrios focuses most of her efforts on the Amazon rainforest, particularly in the southern states experiencing significant fires and smoke. Smoke carried by winds, travel to Sao Paolo, surprising the residents there.

21 - 28 August 2019

We notice that the rains are concentrating on the Porto Velho regions and the southern reaches of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. However, many fires on the fringes of the Amazon rainforest remain burning. As rains fall on the regions with fires identified by NASA satellites, newly identified fires at other regions continue to appear. These fires could be intentionally caused by people, making it difficult for the rains to put out.

29 - 30 August 2019

There is reduced rain over the southern regions of the Amazon rainforest as more fires continue to burn.

31 August - 3 September 2019

Kyrios renews her efforts in putting out the Amazon rainforest fires. Rains begin to fall across the Amazon Basin, increasing in intensity with each passing day.

4 - 5 September 2019

Widespread rains across the Amazon rainforest successfully put out many fires, especially those near the heart of the forest.

6 September 2019

Kyrios has successfully put out most of the fires within the Amazonian heartlands. However, new fires on the fringes of the rainforest persist, likely due to the ongoing slash-and-burn activities in the region.

Kyrios has completed what she set out to do. Kyrios reminds once again for all people to cease burning the rainforest or it will bring about irremediable consequences to humanity and planet earth.

For humanity, the fight has yet to end

As long as people continue to act irresponsibly and indiscriminately burn the forests, humanity’s survival and well-being will always be in danger. The Amazon rainforest is a huge carbon sink. Burning it will rapidly release more carbon into the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming and the climate crisis.

Kyrios will explain more on the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and why destroying it will jeopardise our survival as a human race. To know more, follow us for more updates on Facebook.