Trust me, things are heating up. Badly.
It is pretty widely known now that the Amazon Rainforest is burning at a pretty crazy rate. You may have even read our article about it previously. It is definitely a major cause for concern.
So, want more reasons to be concerned about forests burning?
Yeah, you can go and ask Indonesia about it.
Fiery Issues in Indonesia’s Forests
If anyone has ever been to Indonesia, you would know that the heat there is also pretty extreme.
To make matters worse, Indonesia is experiencing a long period of dryness and drought.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted that this trend will continue until October because of “a negative anomaly of the country’s sea surface temperature”.
More hotspots in Sumatra and Kalimantan’s forests this month have also been noted.
But, while mother Earth is having one of her spicier moods, she is not entirely to blame.
Sometimes (actually, a lot of times), us people are to be blamed for the fires.
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said that the Government was focusing on efforts to prevent forest and land fires. You want to know how much humans were responsible for the forest fires?
Humans did not just add fuel to the fire, they straight up lit more matches and tossed them in.
The Extent of the Damage
I am struggling to even say anything witty on this one. It is simply insane.
The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry announced that wildfires had burned 135,747 hectares of land between January and July.
East Nusa Tenggara topped the list with 71,712 hectares, followed by Riau, South Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.
Some scarier facts for you? Singapore is around 72,150 hectares, so basically imagine almost two whole Singapore’s being burnt.
All of you are definitely scared now.
But I am about to show you a straight-up horror movie.
Remember how we mentioned earlier that there would an intense dry climate that would last till October? Do you want to know what that entails? Think water for a second.
Expending water sources to combat the fire would mean a shortage of it for the rest of the country. In climate conditions like that, an already finite resource would be depleted at an even faster rate.
In fact, a number of local governments have reported water scarcity. The BMKG has warned a water crisis is looming in Greater Jakarta and Banten.
Wow, even reading all of that, I can feel my heart burn. Definitely going to need some water for this.
And finally, one last thing: stock up on masks, please.