Paraguayan authority expands measures to prevent forest fires

According to the Paraguayan Information Agency, the decision, which includes forest, agricultural and urban areas, will remain in effect until the 29th of this month.

He explained that Infona's decision was based on the bad weather conditions expected during the coming months.

According to the latest climate forecast bulletin of the Directorate of Meteorology and Hydrology from December 2023 to February of this year, there is a high probability of severe weather conditions during the first months of the year, with temperatures higher than normal in most parts of the country and the region. .

In light of these expectations, Infona issued a decision extending the ban on the use of controlled fires, while calling on citizens to respect this restriction, taking into account the climatic conditions leading to forest fires.

The entity believes that community cooperation is crucial to preventing and controlling situations of danger that threaten the country's forest heritage.

South America is suffering from a wave of high temperatures and forest fires that have put its authorities on alert.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially confirmed that 2023 was, by a wide margin, the warmest year on record.

The international body said that global temperatures recorded in each month between June and December set new monthly records, and July and August were the hottest months on record.

According to Professor Celeste Saulo, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, “Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. “No one escapes its consequences, as it particularly affects the most vulnerable groups.”

“It is clear that the transition from the La Niña phenomenon – and its cooling effect – to the El Niño phenomenon – and its warming effect – that occurred in mid-2023, affected the rise in temperature last year.”

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He recently explained that the effects of El Niño on global temperatures are usually more severe after the episode reaches its peak, so 2024 could be even hotter.

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