This is how the devastating fires of 2019 look from space


2019 was literally the year the world burned. The year began with Tasmania on fire. During the summer people burned the Amazon, the state of California exploded in a burning hell and the Arctic did not rest either. Now, Australia's wildfires are killing koalas and flying foxes while leaving Sydney under a toxic mist.

To really understand the magnitude of the fires that have hit our world, it is best to see it from a satellite. The Copernicus Program of the European Union allows you to do just that, offering a view where viewers can appreciate the flames in detail throughout the planet. Hot spots can be seen in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, which never seem to have a rest throughout 2019. Fires in the snowiest parts of the world, such as the Arctic, cannot be seen at first sight, but when The video comes to summer becomes more evident. The ice slowly begins to retreat northward and then … Fire! The images show the daily fire power in watts per square meter, something that can be seen in the form of orange flames.

Forest fires have basically affected all parts of the world in 2019, and this has had terrible consequences. Such fiery events will only get worse as the planet continues to heat up. That is what climate change does, and will continue to do so unless we stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The high temperatures dry the vegetation and create the perfect conditions for fires to occur and spread. As a result, ecosystems are suffering, but, more importantly, people too.

After their worst fire season recorded last year, utility companies in California that caused some of those deadly fires turned to power outages for days to avoid more fires (something that doesn't always work). In addition, then we have that toxic fog that we already talked about in the case of mega fires that continue to burn in Australia. And fires in the Amazon have basically been a form of genocide against indigenous groups.

This was in 2019. Imagine what the next decade will be like.