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Puzzling spikes in ozone-eating chemical have a fiery cause

The Amazon rainforest was burned in the Acre state of Brazil on the 17th November, 2014.

Flames charred the Brazilian rainforest in late 2014, during the onset of a climatic pattern called El Niño that is linked to high fire activity. Fires release the ozone-depleting gas methyl bromide. Credit: Ricardo Funari/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty

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Nature 602, 364 (2022)



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