Fire management: an uncertain science
The use of fire by humans is an important global policy concern. In particular, people are worried about its impact on climate change and “biodiversity” (the diversity of plant and animal life on earth which is essential to the health of the ecosystems upon which we rely for food, clean air and water). Fire can contribute to climate change by emitting CO2 and reducing the amount of carbon stored in trees and soils. It can cause biodiversity loss by changing the natural habitats of different plants and animals, for example by burning land that didn’t used to be burned or by not burning land that used to burn naturally.

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