Fires in Africa
The great fires raging in the Amazon have sparked interest in global public opinion. The reality is that Brazil is in third place on the list of countries where most fires are raging.
In particular, according to NASA’s MODIS satellite data, analysed by the Weather Source organization, 6.902 fires were recorded in Angola on 21 and 23 August, compared with the 3.395 fires in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the 2.127 in Brazil. Zambia is ranked fourth in the list, while Bolivia is the sixth place.
Satellite data shows the magnitude of the disaster on areas of Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.
On the map that follows and released the Weather Source, the fires that raged in central-South Africa are about five times more than those in Brazil.
Fires in Africa, especially in Angola, mostly burn savanna and not rainforests.
But the common point in both Amazon-Africa is that carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere by tobacco is as destructive.
As is the case in Brazil, many of the fires are deliberately posed by farmers trying to clean their land from dense vegetation to cultivate anew.
Africa is lagging far behind in mechanised agriculture. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, only 5 of the land is cultivated with tractors, compared to Asia which has achieved a 60 mechanized agricultural production.
The Africans farmers “cleanse” the Earth by the method of combustion and cutting. The ash resulting from combustion is considered valuable in terms of soil fertility and crop yields. But fires often get out of hand. When this happens, farmers move to other areas, deforested more areas, with devastating consequences for wildlife and the environment in general.