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In the Heat of the Moment: Climate Change in the Americas

22:54August 4, 2021

In July 2021, the Americas have been hit by a variety of extreme weather events, including major heat waves in Canada and the United States and intense tropical storms in Central America. Recent droughts and fires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest have killed nearly 2.5 billion trees, greatly hampering its function as a carbon sink. These events, as well as historic droughts in Mexico, Central America, and South America have re-invigorated discussions about climate change and its impact in the region.

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This episode of Americas 360 was produced by Oscar Cruz and Cecily Fasanella and edited by Sam Vicroy,  with the assistance of Emily Allen, Isabella Canava, James Chabin, Barbara Cimatti, and Manuela Jimenez. 

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