Fires in Australia: Ongoing Disaster on Planet

Fires in Australia: Ongoing Disaster on Planet


Australian fire shots from the cosmos – an ongoing disaster. There is no time to ignore the fire, whereas we can fix now that even the government of the developed country is not able to deal with such a catastrophic disaster or has to provide huge resources both financial, human and technical. About 10 million hectares have been burnt down: The amazing biodiversity of Autstralia turned out to be on fire, half a billion animals died. So, in Australia there are more endemic species than is currently known for any other country. We quote the Bureau of Statistics Australia:

"Australia has more endemic species than are currently known for any other country. 87% of Australia’s mammals are endemic, as are approximately 45% of birds, 86% of vascular plants, 93% of reptiles and 94% of amphibians. These high levels of endemism are not only found in the terrestrial environment: of the estimated 600 inshore fish species in the southern temperate zone (non-tropical marine waters), about 85% are found only in Australian waters.    

Only a few months the same situation was observed in Siberia, where up to 7 million hectares of forest territories were burned. 7 million hectares of Amazonian forests, which are called the lungs of the planet, burned down. For Armenia, the loss of even a tiny fraction of the forest territories can become absolutely disastrous, given that our forests perform a protective function both for preserving the soil and for preserving water, not to mention the conservation of biodiversity, and given the special role of Armenia in the entire Caucasus region.

The Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations records a growing rate of increase in the number of fires in Armenia. As of December 24, 2019, 10,116 fire cases were registered in the Republic of Armenia.

The growth of fires in 2019, compared to 2018, amounted to 54.6%. In general, the number of fires (10,116) recorded during the reporting period was the highest, if we observe statistics from 2003 to the present. One of the reasons, according to rescuers, is global warming.

Photo credit: NASA

January 08, 2020 at 15:29