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Will wildfires destroy a total exceeding 10Mha of global tree cover in any year, by the end of 2030?

In this year so far, scientists have recorded more than 74,000 fires in Brazil. That's nearly double 2018's total of about 40,000 fires. The surge marks an 83 percent increase in wildfires over the same period of 2018, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported.

Natural disasters like fires and tropical storms are an increasingly common cause of deforestation, especially as climate change makes these more frequent and severe.

In 2016, a sharp increase in forest fires stoked record losses in global forest cover equivalent to the area of New Zealand[1], according to Global Forest Watch, an initiative by the World Resources Institute.

Will wildfires destroy a total exceeding 10Mha of global tree cover in any year, by the end of 2030?


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This resolves positive if the Global Forest Watch reports that at least 10 million hectares of global tree cover was lost due to wildfires in any calendar year up to and including 2030. Global Forest Watch defines a wildfire as a large-scale forest loss resulting from the burning of forest vegetation with no visible human conversion or agricultural activity afterward.

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