Hundreds of bishops, priests, missionaries and tribal leaders are at the Vatican for the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting focused on the environmental crisis threatening Amazonian peoples.
The Amazon will take a lifetime to recover from this year's fires – if it ever does.
Rainforest fires heat the planet, but the degraded forest left behind has far more consequences for the local environment.
You didn't cause the fires, but you can help prevent them spreading.
If the Amazon rainforest functions as our planet's lungs, what do raging wildfires threaten? An atmospheric scientist explains why the fires, though devastating, won't suffocate life on Earth.
Rainforest species didn't co-evolve with fire – and even a low intensity wildfire can kill half the trees.