Forest fires will increase in the coming years

Forest fire

It is very sad to see how, in a matter of minutes, what has taken years, often centuries, to grow turns to ashes. Forest fires are part of some natural environments. In fact, there are many plants that can only germinate after an event like this, like those of the genus Protea that live in Africa. However, most of the time they are caused by humans, and now also by climate change.

The future of forests is presented "black", and never better said: the reduction in rainfall and the intensification of droughts will cause plants to weaken rapidly, which during the canicular period fires will be the protagonists of our day to day.

Fires are, for animals (including people), a very serious problem. A threat they don't want to have. Fire devastates everything in its path, destroying the habitat of hundreds of species and endangering people's lives that is in the area. Despite everything, today, we are far from getting the number of fires to decrease.

The global average temperature is increasing. Living things must adapt, but they will not do it overnight. Adaptation can take months and even years, and that's a time they might not have.

Forest fire

Therefore, the scientist José Antonio Vega Hidalgo, linked to the Spanish Society of Environmental Sciences and the Forest Research Center of Lourizán, said which already it is necessary to bet on education, increased vigilance and especially social rejection as a basic tool to act. Likewise, he added that the situation of combustible vegetation must be improved through the mixture of tree species and the limitation of pyrophilic species, the diversification of uses of the forest and a greater investment in research.

Perhaps that is how the forests could be saved.

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