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Forest Fires

Forest Fires:

In France, Greece, Portugal and Spain, wildfire destroys thousands of hectares of land, forces thousands from their homes and kills several emergency personnel.

  • A wildfire is a major fire that breaks out unpredictably in combustible environments such as dry forests or bush and often burns uncontrollably over a large area and length of time.
  • A forest fire can be triggered by natural factors such as prolonged hot, dry weather or lightning strikes, or human carelessness.
  • Heatwaves have become more frequent, more intense, and last longer because of human-induced climate change.
  • The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to carbon emissions.
  • As per the Global Forest Watch, forest fires in India have increased by 125% (between 2015 and 2017).
  • At a global level as well, the world is undergoing through wildfire crisis, with reports of wildfires in Siberia, the Amazon basin, Pantanal wetland (South America), Australia, and the rainforest of Indonesia.