Over the last 14 years, Sicily has reported more than half of Italy's wooden (and non-wooden) burned area. Throughout the world, fires have intensified over the last 20 years, with more than 1 billion acres—or 11 percent—of tree cover lost. This not only affects biodiversity and human settlements close by. The greenhouse gasses emitted exacerbate the current climate crisis. Natalia Torres Garzon reports. Photography by Antonio Cascio.
More than 10.3 million acres of primary tropical forests—spanning about the size of Belgium—went up in flames in 2020. A new coalition claims it will mobilize $1 billion to thwart global climate change’s increasingly devastating forest fires. But scientists and other experts have raised doubts about this new program corporations and governments have kicked off.