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How Burning trees in Brazil's Amazon melts snow in the Himalayas

Scientists are only beginning to investigate the connections between far-flung components of the planet's climate system

Amazon rainforest, Amazon burning, forest fire, climate change
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Laura Millan Lombrana | Bloomberg
Trees set ablaze in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest could contribute to melting glaciers in the Himalayas and Antarctica because distant ecosystems that regulate the Earth’s climate are more closely connected than previously thought. 
 
Scientists have discovered a new atmospheric pathway that originates in the Amazon, runs along the South Atlantic, then across East Africa and the Middle East until it reaches central Asia, according to a paper published this month in Nature Climate Change. That connection, which stretches 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) across the globe, means that when the Amazon warms, so does the Tibetan Plateau, whereas the more it rains

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First Published: Jan 27 2023 | 7:49 PM IST

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