Wildfire is the single greatest terrestrial disturbance agent on Earth. Satellite data suggest that in an average year, wildfires burn a total area of around 3.5 million km2, an area around 15 times larger than the UK. While some of these fires are purposefully controlled or are manageable, and can have benefits for ecosystems and livelihoods, other fires burn uncontrollably, with sometimes devastating consequences for safety, livelihoods, wildlife and climate.
Tag: land use change
Is there a sustainable future for tropical forests in south-east Asia?
In the second of our series of posts on sustainability, SSCP-DTP student Philip Chapman investigates how land use change threatens tropical forests in south-east Asia….