Forests on Fire; Nature calls Humanity

“Forests are lungs of earth” is a statement which deserve to be acknowledged with full zeal and zest. Humans have evolved with forest to be a part of the forest which are still evident from the forests of Africa and mainly the Amazon. Forests, being put on fire by two ways; human-induced and nature-induced. Further elaboration of the two key reason may stem into a diverse topic. But speaking at the base level, humans induce fire on forests for many reasons including the following but not limited to

  1. To clear forest for agriculture purposes.
  2. To develop more grazing area for livestock.
  3. To make buildings and other construction works.
  4. To unfold area for roads.
  5. To cut mangroves for aquaculture.

The above mentioned forest degrading events are responsible for the species loss at ecosystem level. Taking Amazon forest fire an example, the New York Times reports that the fire in Amazon counted to be 26,000 in August, which drove the attention of world, is the highest fire in the last decade. Reports says that 20% of all of the oxygen of earth is produced by only The Amazon forests.

The nature-induced fires are not destructive as a whole, rather these fires ask the sustainability of the ecosystems. These fires last for a short period and returns the ecosystem to its original place.

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Sohail Anjum

Sohail Anjum completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Malakand in September 2019. He is a young researcher in Ecology. He has also worked with IUCN as a Reviewer of Proposals for IUCN Congress 2020.

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