Forest fires getting more frequent. Is climate change the reason?

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Last Updated: Tuesday 07 July 2015 | 10:45:30 AM

Fire that broke out on Nagaland's Mount Japfu, in February this year, was said to be one of the country's worst
Author: Kumar Sambhav
It is once again that time of the year when large patches of forests in India get destroyed by frequent wildfires. While several hectares of forests have already been gutted by now, it seems it is the wildlife that is worst hit. Most of the incidents of major forest fires that have been reported this year have been from in and around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Given strong relationship between climate and fire, these fires are expected to occur more frequently, says US climate assessment report
Author: Vani Manocha
Oklahoma in the US declared a state of emergency and a burn ban across 36 counties last week as miles-long wildfires raged out of control. But these wildfires are not limited to the US. From Russia and Spain in Europe to Chile in South America and Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon in West Asia, these fires are now frequent across the globe.
We need not burn forests to get good fodder for cattle. Our lands are rich with green grass
Author: Pamela Malhotra
Forests and wildlife are the precious living jewels of our country. Our past as well as our future as a nation, and even as a species on the planet, is inextricably linked to our forests.
It's time Indian policy makers had a nuanced understanding of forest fires
Author: Tarsh Thekaekara
Forest fire is a highly emotive topic that invariably burns its way through the media every summer. Opposition to forest fires is widespread and includes the forest department, wildlife activists and even politicians; in 2012 then Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan was asked a Parliament question about forest fires.




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