Forest Fires in Australia will also Make Us Sweat: The Oven of the World. Fierce forest fires have been threatening humans and animals in Australia for months.
Twenty-four people died, two were missing, thousands of houses were destroyed and countless animals were killed in the sea of flames. Sorry, you think, but oh well, Australia, that is far away.
Yet we too can feel the impact of forest fires on the other side of the world. Hans Verbeeck, professor of forest and vegetation ecology at UGent, gives more explanation.
The forest fires in Australia have since destroyed a massive area. Not only the size, but also the duration of the fires is disturbing: every year there is a period in which there are fires, but this year it started much earlier than usual.
This weekend several showers and a fall in temperature caused a respite for the emergency services. But the danger is not over yet.
“It can take more than a month before the drying season is over,” says Hans Verbeeck, professor of forest and vegetation ecology at UGent. A satellite from NASA has also found that this year there are about three to four times more fires than normal.