We’re at the peak of the global fire season

The world burns with amazing regularity. In August, the world reeled as images of fires ravaging the fringes of the Amazon in South America spread across the Internet. Maps of fires detected by satellites were next to emerge, showing hot spots not only on the South American continent but across the globe. French President Emmanuel […]

What science tells us about fire hazards facing Cape Town and its surrounds

South Africa’s Cape Peninsula – home to the picturesque city of Cape Town – is part of the only region in the world with fynbos. Fynbos is the world’s most diverse vegetation type – even more so than tropical rainforests. Cape Town city surrounds the Cape Peninsula, the south-western extremity of the African continent, the remaining natural

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The Amazon Is on Fire. So Is Central Africa.

DAKAR, Senegal — As images of wildfires in South America’s Amazon region draw global attention, a large and potentially devastating series of fires is raging in Central Africa and parts of Southern Africa. Among the regions at risk is the Congo Basin forest, the second-largest tropical rainforest, after the Amazon, mostly in the Democratic Republic of

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Firefighters and 4 Choppers Fighting Fire in Noordhoek, South Africa

  Working on Fire confirmed its crew has been despatched to assist the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service and the SANParks – Table Mountain National Park. Issuing a ‘fire alert’ at 17h00 (SA Time), Working on Fire said they have dispatched firefighters and aerial support. There are currently four helicopters on the

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Wildfire: the unlikely friend of South Africa’s threatened rock-jumping bird

It is one of South Africa’s most iconic birds, and its numbers are in decline, mostly due to climate change. But scientists studying the Cape rock-jumper say the bird has an unlikely ally that boosts its chances of raising chicks: wildfires. Krista Oswald, whose findings were published this month in the journal Ibis, found that

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