WWF: 75 percent natural fires caused by humans

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) writes in a report that 75 percent of all nature fires worldwide are caused by humans. It also states that the number of fires has increased by 13 percent since April compared to the same period last year.

Bossenexpert of WWF Merijn van Leeuwen says that this year threatens to be another record year. “The terrible images of countless animals and people who were hit by forest fires last year are still sharp on our retinas. Then you heard everywhere: this never again.”

Slash and burn

The fires also become more intense and last longer, according to the WWF. The average duration of the forest fire season has increased by 19 percent over the past 35 years due to increasingly extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Nature has too little time to recover. Because there is insufficient food, young animals in particular get into trouble.

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