Millions of Hectares of Forest Burned Over Last Two Months

Millions of hectares of forest in various parts of the world have been burned from July to August 2021. This disaster is the impact of rising Earth's average temperature that causes heatwaves.

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Illustration. Millions of hectares of land in the world burn out. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Millions of hectares of forest in various parts of the world have been burned in the last two months. Based on data compiled by ACT’s Global Humanity Response (GHR) Team, 12 countries on various continents experienced severe forest fires from July to August 2021.

“Australia is the country with the largest forest area burned, which is 31 million hectares. Meanwhile, ten other countries are Canada, the United States, Argentina, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Turkey," said Firdaus Guritno from the GHR-ACT Team, Sunday (8/15/2021).

In Turkey, this year's forest fires were the worst in the country's history. There were 270 hotspots in 53 provinces across Turkey in the last 14 days. Many animals died, and 9 Turkish citizens died.

“All the fires that occurred in the last two months were caused by severe hot weather and sparked fires in the forest filled with dry leaves and twigs. Firefighters in various countries have been trying to contain the fire from spreading for weeks,” explained Firdaus.

The fires make the lives of the affected residents beset with various difficulties. Thousands of residents were evacuated, and some of them had their houses burned down. Many of their possessions were scorched, and they did not know how to survive the next day.

The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists said that rapid action to cut greenhouse gas emissions could limit some impacts, but others are now locked in. The deadly heat waves, enormous hurricanes, and other weather extremes that are already happening will only become more severe.[]