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Fire threatens species

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UNPRECEDEN­TED mapping of Amazon Basin habitats shows a majority of species threatened with extinction suffered habitat loss due to fires over the past two decades, a study says.

Researcher­s used remote forest fire sensing data to model impact over time and compared the devastatio­n with the estimated geographic ranges of more than 11,500 plant and 3000 vertebrate species. The results showed about 150,000 square kilometres of the Amazon rainforest have experience­d fires since 2001, damaging the habitats of up to 85 per cent of the frail ecosystem’s threatened species.

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