See the unique and endangered dragon's blood trees of Socotra

One of the most distinctive places on Earth sits 60 miles off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Socotra, which is governed by Yemen, has been called the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean” due to the large number of plant and animal species that live only there. Perhaps the most iconic being the dragon’s blood tree. Named after their bright red sap, dragon’s blood trees can live to be thousands of years old and take a long time to mature before they reproduce. They have become increasingly threatened by livestock that feed on the young saplings. Since 2015, four unusually powerful cyclones have swept across the island, displacing thousands of people and uprooting dragon’s blood trees. As the climate warms, destructive storms may become more common, threatening the island and its unique inhabitants. Now read about Socotra.

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In Porto Velho, capital of a Brazilian state ravaged by recent fires, residents are on edge and falling ill from the pervasive smoke. A hymn describes the city's sky as forever blue, but now it's grey with smoke.

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