How do we fight wildfires as the planet heats up? 05.08.2022

Deutsche Welle | Aug 5, 2022 at 2:00 AM
  • Fire has burnt through forests for hundreds of millions of years, but now unprecedented wildfires are burning hotter and longer partly due to climate change.
  • Also known as hazard reduction, these backburning strategies “are very effective at reducing the intensity and severity of fire,” according to Victor Resco de Dios, professor of forest engineering at Spain’s University of Lleida.
  • Following an inquiry into the Black Summer wildfires in Australia, researchers found that for over 250 plant species “effective regeneration” was becoming less likely due to the increasing frequency of fires across their habitat.