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Brazil: African smoke over the Amazon

Up to two-thirds of the soot over the central Amazon rainforest originates in Africa.

This is the finding of a study published in Nature Communications Earth and Environment.

Researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, and the University of São Paulo distinguished soot particles based on their properties and assigned them to their sources.

They found that bushfires and burning savannas in northern and southern Africa contribute significantly to air pollution in central Amazon throughout the year and thus also play an important role in the atmospheric radiation budget and the hydrological cycle . . .

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