Written in a hotel in Lima, Peru upon returning from the Amazon rain forest.
Two days ago I was in the Amazon. Nothing prepared me for the beauty of the place. Or it's immensity.
Update 1: Pictures from space
The fires are so large they can be seen from space. The Brazilian Amazon rain forest, as seen from the International Space Station in 2011.
Update 2: Peru increases protection of the Amazon
The Peruvian government has allocated significant funds to help protect a large swathe of the Amazon, home to several endangered species and indigenous groups.
The director of WWF’s Amazon Headwaters Initiative, Jorge Herrera, says: “This represents a major success for all Peruvians. The government’s commitment to safeguard the Peruvian Amazon will help us build long-term conservation strategies for roughly three million hectares of some of the richest forests in the world.”