Tropical wildfires: why are forests burning and what can we do?

This episode is about wildfires. We have seen wildfires happening more frequently in recent years – In the US, Brazil, Indonesia, and Australia, for example. How do wildfires start, does climate change make them worse? How do they impact communities and what can we do to prevent them?

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Rachel Carmenta, environmental social scientist and Tyndall Lecturer in Climate Change and International Development. Her expertise is in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of environment and development, environmental risk and the relationship between place and well-being. For over a decade she has focused on tropical fire – its governance, management and the impacts of landscape flammability for the lives and livelihoods of rural traditional farmers. Rachel’s work is focused in Brazilian Amazon and Indonesian peatland frontiers.




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