The research, from the University of Tasmania, claims that the impact of the fires is worsened by climate change

An article published in the magazine Nature Ecology and Evolution on Monday (June 24, 2024) revealed 2.2 times more forest fires in the world during the last two decades. The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Tasmania, in Australia.

The study examined different countries and biomes, including the Amazon, Siberia and regions of Australia, Canada, Chile and Indonesia. The conclusion highlights that the 6 worst fire seasons were recorded in the last 7 years, showing a growing trend, mainly in temperate coniferous biomes and boreal forests close to the Arctic.

Scientists, who had access to 21 years of satellite data, developed a new methodology to measure the radiative energy released by fires. The results showed a doubling in the frequency of extreme events, with an even greater increase in fire intensity at night.

The link between increased wildfires and climate change was highlighted by the research. “Climate change has already caused fire weather to move away from its historical variability across about 20% of the fireable land area worldwide”highlights the article.


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