Climate change is giving us some serious warnings of global destruction. Ranging from microbes to moose, this is the reason for diseases, environmental hazards and inadequate food supplies. Alike human beings, plant and animal life has also need to go through dreadful aftermaths of global warming and climate change. One of such instances is the rapid occurrences of wildfires which, is severely affecting the habitat of flora and fauna.
Starting from Alaska and Indonesia to California, Canada & Spain, we have experienced a deadly blaze of wildfires with the recent few years. While considering the causes and effects of global warming, wildfires are one of the most thought-provoking areas to eye on. Though, wildfires initially occurred because of either natural causes such as lightning or human negligence such as tossing a burning cigarette out of the window but, the scenario has changed now.
How Global Warming is Fueling Up Wildfires
These instances are considered not to have a serious effect on scale of the fire. What affects them is the prevailing climate condition all across the globe. With increasing release of greenhouse gases and its dreadful aftermaths, the global temperature is increasing thereby, compelling the climate to change. This, in turn, is increasing the chances of wildfires. Go confused to decipher the relation between these two? Here is the answer to it. Since, warmer temperature will lead to increased evaporation; the atmosphere will absorb more amount of moisture from the soil, thereby making the plains drier. Moreover, warmer temperature and drier conditions not only increase the chances of wildfire, but also the intensity and duration of it. It means when wildfires occur, they spread faster thereby, affecting more areas while moving unpredictably.
What Else Leads to Wildfires
Apart from climate change and global warming, pest outbreaks aid to kill a lot of trees which, is more susceptible to wildfire. Insects respond more to warmer conditions and reap the advantage of longer summers which help them in faster reproduction and longer breeding circles. Though the human activities like mining and logging are known for influencing the chances of wildfires, there are areas which have experienced wildfires, however, have not been affected by human activities.
What kind of Threats does Wildfires Pose?
Forest fires are considered to be a beneficial and natural part of forest ecosystems as we need some fire burns to stay healthy. However, its unnatural and rapid increase is leading to devastation of the entire forest in an uncontrollable manner. This, in turn, is certainly alarming for environmental integrity as forest fires lead to death of plants and animals thereby, bringing a threat to their habitat. The worse effect is; trees store the amount of carbon present in the atmosphere. Thus, the more trees are being burnt, the more it is difficult for environment to combat against the causes and effects of global warming in the near future.
Alike the effects of global warming on our sea levels and atmosphere, plant and animal life have also experienced rapid adverse instances in the recent few decades. The intensity of such hazards are rapidly multiplying and thus, it has become more important than before to stand against the ill environmental practices and promote a greener, sustainable environment.