Okay, so it’s not quite as dramatic as the subject line would suggest. But it is VERY smoky in Buenos Aires today. Seems that hundreds of thousands of acres of land are being cleared to the West and North of here (primarily along Route 9 (the route we took to Cordoba) from what we can understand with our limited Spanish) to make room for grazing cattle.
The land that was once used for cattle to graze is apparently now being used for Soybean production, so they need to have more land available for use.
Not really sure how all that works, or who controls what happens in the provinces outside of Buenos Aires. There is a 400 year old history of the provinces not really getting along with the city/province of Buenos Aires, so the provinces may not care that much if their smoke is engulfing Buenos Aires. Difficult to say really.
One thing is for sure. Carrie and I don’t smoke, but our apartment smells like someone smokes, and the visibility here is pretty poor at the moment. The smoke got REALLY thick last night, and has done some clearing today, and hopefully the fires will die down so that we can be without smoke once again.
(More interesting news is coming soon from the variety of things we’ve been doing over the past few days, but just thought we’d update you on the latest in Buenos Aires.)
Bloomberg has the only English-language article I’ve been able to find on the smoke in Buenos Aires at this point.
|It’s better now, but basically, from what I’ve been able to draw from a translation from the announcement from the Argentina National Weather Service, the smoke will get bad again tonight before getting better tomorrow.|
|Zona de cobertura: SUR DE ENTRE RIOS. RIO DE LA PLATA INTERIOR Y DELTA DEL PARANA. ESTE DE BUENOS AIRES. CAPITAL FEDERAL. Fen