Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wildfires threaten tropical forests

Scientists predict that as global warming will certainly strengthen its impact in years to come so will tropical forests become more vulnerable to wildfires. As greenhouse gases emissions continue to rise so will temperatures that will and this could according to Chris Field, co-chair of the UN's Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change turn "damp and humid forests into tinderboxes".

According to Field tropical areas will particularly feel the heat of global warming, and higher temperatures in these areas are very likely to have a dramatic impact on the environment. In the worst possible scenario if the regions actually become dry enough for fires to start, tropical forests will pass a so called "tipping point" from absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to releasing it.

Wildfires are likely to threaten tropical forests in years to come

Tropical forests are currently humid areas, and wildfires seem currently highly unlikely but if they dry out just a little, the result can be very large and destructive wildfires creating one total environmental disaster. And the worst thing is that this scary scenario looks to be real thing in years to come...

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