Climate Change Photography Contest 2009
JOINT THIRD PRIZE: Dheeraj Paul, June 2009, Binsar – Forests Afire: This image of pines burning in a forest near Binsar, just outside Almora town, represents the future. Though climate change is being talked about, little or nothing is being done by our government to prepare for the increased incidents or the elevated intensity of forest fires. Apart from destroying millions of small and large organisms, forest fires permanently reduce diversity by hampering recruitment of several sensitive plant species. This summer, experts predict we may see some of Asia’s worst forest fires because temperatures have risen above normal and soil moisture has evaporated more than usual. This they say could cause fires to burn at higher temperatures, thus destroying trees that might merely have been singed in days gone by. This will release ever larger quantities of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.