Wildfires – Borneo
The area of wildfires in Borneo during drought years turns out to be ten times larger than during non-drought years, an international research team reports in Nature Climate Change of this week. The fires recurrently affecting Borneo’s humid tropical ecosystems have negative influence on the biodiversity and lead to large CO2 emissions, affecting atmospheric composition and regional climate processes. Future droughts in wet tropical regions will likely increase in frequency and severity, and consequently the fire risk, the team says.
Wildfires – Ireland
Fire brigades were battling two more wildfires Tuesday evening in Donegal and Dublin. Firefighters in Dublin were also battling a gorse wildfire on Howth Head.
Recent dry weather conditions have made land more susceptible to fire, particularly where there is a fuel source close to forests. The Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture issued an orange fire warning last week.