According to experts,raging forest fires in Uttarakhand in India could have a devastating effect on the state’s glaciers which are the lifeline of the major rivers flowing through India’s northern plains.
According to experts at Nainital’s Aryabhatta Research Institute for Observational Sciences (ARIES) and Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) in Almora, ‘black carbon’ from smog and ash is covering the glaciers, thereby making them prone to melting. if it happens, it may be proved a grave climate change threat.
Fires are both good and bad
Fire is sometimes essential for forest regeneration, or provides tangible benefits for local communities. In other cases it destroys forests and has dire social and economic consequences.
Forest fires are a natural part of ecosystems in many, but not all, forest types: in boreal and dry tropical forests for example they are a frequent and expected feature, while in tropical moist forests they would naturally be absent or at least rare enough to play a negligible role in ecology.
When fires become a problem…
Fires become a problem when they burn in the wrong places, or in the right places but at the wrong frequency or the wrong temperatures. Fires in forests that burn under natural circumstances become a problem when those forests are used for a particular purpose, such as settlement or timber production.