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Wildfires May Be Contributing to Global Warming (May 10, 2011)

posted May 18, 2011, 2:01 PM by James Hodina
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released  a report in which it finds that the increasing number of “mega-fires” – very large wildfires – may be 
contributing to global warming.  According to the authors, because carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming and mega-fires are the result of drought, 7 
“mega-fires (and carbon releases) may represent a dangerous feed-back loop that becomes self-perpetuating in the absence of stronger wildfire emissions 
monitoring and control.”  Researchers examined eight recent mega-fires in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Greece, Russia and the U.S.  The 
FAO called upon countries to implement more comprehensive fire management strategies and improve the monitoring of wildfire carbon gas emissions that cause 
global warming.  The authors also examined two cases where, despite there being drought, mega-fires have not occurred – Florida and  Western Australia – 
hypothesizing that these programs’ “more balanced prevention, mitigation, and suppression approaches” have contributed to their success in preventing megafires.  [For further information: 
http://foris.fao.org/static/pdf/fm/5thIWFConference2011.pdf
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