"People have been using fire for millennia. It is a vital part of many
ecosystems and cultures. Yet human activities in the current era, sometimes
called the “Anthropocene”, are reshaping patterns of fire across the planet.
In our new research, published in the Annual Review of Environment and
, we used satellite data to create global maps of where and how fires
are burning. We calculated about 3.98 million square kilometres of Earth’s land
surface burns each year. We also examined research spanning archaeology,
climatology, ecology, Indigenous knowledge and paleoecology, to better
understand the causes and consequences of fires.
Our international team found strong evidence fires are burning in unexpected
places, at unusual times and in rarely observed ways. These changes in fire
patterns are threatening human lives and modifying ecosystems.
But the future does not have to be bleak. There are many opportunities to apply
knowledge and practice of fire to benefit people and nature."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics