‘More Fires Burn in Africa Than Anywhere Else on Earth’

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  • 2019•09•17

    Fire In The Bush In Namibia On August 22, 2010 –

    (Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

    “As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent.

    NASA has called Africa the “fire continent,” home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires burning worldwide on an average August day, though the agency says the number of fires is consistent from year to year.

    While French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is considering launching an international campaign to help sub-Saharan African countries fight fires, experts say the situation there is different and not yet a growing problem — though it could become a threat in future. Angola had almost three times more fires than Brazil over a period last week, according to NASA satellite imagery, which indicated around 6,000 fires in Angola, more than 3,000 in Congo and just over 2,000 in Brazil.” 

    Excerpt from the Times report of August 31 2019 ‘More Fires Burn in Africa Than Anywhere Else on Earth’