NASA has satellites that can monitor large fires on targeted areas and also compile world maps showing major fires burning around the world. The rapid decomposition of wood by burning releases tonnes of carbon into the world’s atmosphere and contributes to the ever increasing load it carries.
Of course in a forest fire it’s not just the trees that are destroyed. Precious habitat disappears, animals are killed and endangered plants and animals may be extirpated from an area. When the vegetation cover is destroyed it leaves the ground itself subject to quick erosion from storms.
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