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Fires around devastated wetlands of major rivers endanger human health in Argentina

Just one year from previous water levels, grassland fires near important river deltas in South America pose a grave danger to nearby wetland ecosystems and human health. environmental leaders say. The mighty Parana River has fallen to its lowest point in decades.

Wildfires around Rosario's main riverside port, important for transporting Argentina's bulk grain crop, have lingered, not only on civilians, but exacerbated by this year's scant rainfall. It has sounded alarm bells among activists already concerned about the drought, highlighting its consequences: a warmer, drier climate.

Enrique Viale, one of Argentina's leading environmental lawyers, said, "The synergies will only make things worse.

It is the second longest waterway in South America after the Amazon. The Paraná River, which is located in the U.S., saw its lowest water level since 1944 last year, according to official data.