Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fires Both a Consequence and Driver of Climate Change

NASA map of fires detected around the world between September 28 and October 7.
Lindon Pronto suggests that fires across the globe are both a consequence and a driver of climate change.  He offers both scientific study and suggestions for a scientifically-informed cooperative strategy for managing vegetation fires with the climate in mind.  Many of his posits are specifically outlined as guiding principles in the Cohesive Strategy.
"Policy approaches could support and include:
– Knowledge transfer and capacity building
– Early fire detection, warning and monitoring systems
– Distinguishing between constructive and destructive fire
– Increased application of prescribed fire in appropriate ecosystems
– Reviewing regional and national policies and law enforcement effectiveness
– Embracing innovation and creativity, along with science and technology
– Using existing institutions; creating new ones where needed
– Applying community based fire management and incorporating indigenous knowledge
– Searching for alternatives to fire in land-use change
– Enhancing trans-boundary cooperation, exchanges, and protocols
– Addressing fire-induced immediate threats to human health and security
Many of these objectives are already under consideration, development or implementation, making it conceivable that they can be shaped into a more comprehensive program. Fire occurrence and fire landscapes, unlike other environmental disturbances, can be effectively managed to result in landscapes that either welcome, or discourage, subsequent fires and can offer a comparatively low-cost means of curbing greenhouse-gas emissions in the short and medium term. Local communities play a critical role in such a strategy".

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