Igniting Fires: A Growing Problem
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This paper looks at the loss of forests that are lost around the world every year due to fires. Statistics from around the world are brought into the discussion as well as some of the reasons why this is occurring according to researchers. Some of the reasons explored include intentional burning of forests to convert land to farmland, spontaneous combustion from the overheating of stored hay, intentionally lit haystack or hayshed fires, unusual weather and drought-like conditions, small-scale slash-and-burn farming, and increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere that dry the earth.
From the Paper:"One must begin by saying that there is, arguably, a global emergency under way. Fires in Mexico and Guatemala, for instance, are burning millions of acres and throwing up smoke plumes detected as far away as the Dakotas. They are only the latest in a series of disasters racing through the world's tropical forests. Indonesian fires last year sent air pollution in many Asian cities to new deadly levels. Fires in the Brazilian Amazon have set new records this year. (Loftis) Why are these fires occuring and what ignites them?
"One thing is clear: fires around the world are expected to increase in Africa, South America and Asia. Add the risk of global climate change and the world could be entering an age of fire. The causes lie in several realities. We must look at the facts: all three of the countries whose forests have burned recently - Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico - are mostly rural and agricultural, but high-dollar commerce also has pushed forests toward the edge. In Indonesia, settlers were being paid by large corporations to burn forests to convert land into corporate-owned palm or rice plantations. (Loftis) In other words, a lot of the fires are man-made."
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