Droughts and fires: Bolivia's rural communities in peril

The road through San Matias, Bolivia, is a no man's land. It is a protected area but burns every year as land is cleared for the next planting season. Authorities say wildfires, mostly originating from land-clearing activities, have scorched 2.6 million hectares of land in Bolivia's Santa Cruz department in the first ten months of the year. The forest fires release vast amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide into the air. As temperatures rise in step with greenhouse gas emissions, dwindling green vegetation and water resources make fires more likely. It is a vicious cycle of climate change fueling forest fires, and vice versa.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting