Photographer's Note

The Western Cape is currently extremely dry and warm - the effects of global warming are already very evident! This is not a sunset photo, its about 2/3 hours before sunset, the sun is blanked out by smoke from a nearby forest fire.

From Wikipedia:
“Rising global temperature might cause forest fires to occur on larger scale, and more regularly. This releases more stored carbon into the atmosphere than the carbon cycle can naturally re-absorb, as well as reducing the overall forest area on the planet, creating a positive feedback loop. Part of that feedback loop is more rapid growth of replacement forests and a northward migration of forests as northern latitudes become more suitable climates for sustaining forests. There is a question of whether the burning of renewable fuels such as forests should be counted as contributing to global warming.”

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