Climate change could fuel China’s forest fires

China could face worse forest fires and be more severely affected by wood-destroying pests this year because of global warming, said Reuters on Wednesday, citing a senior forestry official.
The government would buy dedicated fire-fighting helicopters for the first time to deal with the increased threat, said State Forestry Administration spokesman Cao Qingyao, adding that some officials still did not take the problem seriously enough.

"International weather experts predict that because of the double effect of global warming and El Nino, 2007 will be the warmest year ever and the forest fire prevention situation will be extremely serious," Cao told a news conference.
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