Wildfires and Virtual Reality

These “wildfires” on Borneo are NOT evidence of any “climate change.” If anything, the new “virtual reality” increasingly pervades our factual reality in too many ways.

Wildfires and Virtual Reality

Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A recent news post at Gizmodo claims to show “The Satellite Images That Show a Decade of Climate Change” ( https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-satellite-images-that-show-a-decade-of-climate-chan-1840724401 ). Needless to say, it was widely mentioned in the mainstream media.

The top photo in this “documentary” shows a satellite shot with apparently numerous fires burning over a landscape of approximately 600 km in horizontal extent. Unfortunately, there is no captions, no date and no description of what it depicts. Given all the current fires in SE Australia, on first glance, it seemed to show that area, including the island of Tasmania on the bottom right.

But something didn’t look quite right

Alas, Tasmania is not that close to the Australian continent and, hence, the picture must show a different area of the world. It took a bit of sleuthing to find the place. It’s the Indonesian area of Kalimantan, part of the island of Borneo.

Fires “burning” in SE Kalimantan, Indonesia, and enlargement; source: Malaysiakini.

The original source of this picture (shown nearby here) is a report at the website https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/492613 and has some interesting, real small script information (see the top line in white script on black background), that does not appear in the Gizmodo article picture. That information says:

Multiple wildfires in Kalimantan, Indonesia – September 14th, 2019 –Enhanced natural colors with IR [infrared] hot spots – Terra  MODIS data through NASA Worldview, processed by Pierre Markuse

In other words, those red dots in the picture are not raging wildfires but smoldering hot spots not visible as such to our eyes but made so by computer embellishment. In fact, there is a nearly identical (unmodified) satellite shot of that area at Wikimedia that is devoid of any “flames.”

This information is critical to the understanding of what the Gizmodo picture actually shows. It is a vivid example of the new “world of virtual reality.” What is irresponsible and entirely false in the Gizmodo report is the (at least implied) statement that these wildfires are a sign of “climate change.”

They are nothing of that sort.

This is not to say that such bog fires where peat in the ground slowly burns without visible flame but extensive smoke generation are easy to combat. There was a small one in Germany a couple of years ago that took several weeks of concerted efforts to extinguish.

As the Malaysiakini report further states (via Google translator):

“The “ASEAN Haze Action” website states that 60% of the world’s peatlands (about 24 million hectares) are concentrated in Southeast Asia, of which 70% are in Indonesia. Due to the improper management of peatlands by the Indonesian authorities, the slash-and-burn used in local traditional agriculture has made the fire[s] out of control, which has led to severe cross-border haze.”

That’s the real reason for these fires: the slash and burn method of turning forests into arable land.

Slash and Burn

Slash and burn is a time-honored tradition of turning forested lands into agricultural fields. It is still very much prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical areas all around the world, in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Of course, it has its drawbacks and consequences. Apart from the smoke and air pollution initially produced, the most pertinent and lasting effects are the changes in the biota and water table of the area. Erosion and soil degradation often follow. Subsequent drainage of the groundwater in bogs exposes the peat to air and potential combustion.

In SE Asia, vast tracts of ancient jungle have been deforested in this manner and turned into oil palm plantations. In fact, production of palm oil in Indonesia has, since 1964, recorded a phenomenal increase from 157,000 tonnes to 41.5 million tonnes in 2018 and a total of 51 million tons will be needed in 2025 to sustain international and domestic demands. Palm oil accounts for 11%  ( $16.5 bn) of Indonesia’s export earnings (https:/www.dw.com/en/palm-oil-too-much-of-a-good-thing/a-44979802 ). Indonesia alone produces over half of the world production of palm oil.

Furthermore, roughly one third of the Indonesia’s palm oil (including palm kernel oil) production is used as “biodiesel” fuel, much of which is exported to India, China, Europe, the U.S. and other countries.

In short:

These “wildfires” on Borneo are accidentally or deliberately set by the people and not evidence of any “climate change.” If anything, this picture demonstrates the new “virtual reality” that increasingly pervades our factual reality in too many ways.


Dr Klaus L E KaiserDr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com

19 thoughts on “Wildfires and Virtual Reality”

  1. Aha. As I’ve been lamenting for quite some time now, our ‘news’, even our research, is being tainted by the new era of controlled perceptions. 1984 is here.

  2. Climate emergency alarmists are certifiably insane.

    “Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?”


    “Omnicide, the gravest of all crimes. And as with all crimes, those responsible must be held accountable.”

    So there you have it – all of us are responsible for killing everything and especially climate deniers !

    The guilty must pay with their lives.

    These people are deluded and dangerous – it seems even the worst genocide ever postulated is acceptable if “Omnicide” is to be avoided and the guilty are punished !

    Here is a pdf copy in case they develop some morals and take this piece of insane bullshit down.


    The author :-
    “Danielle Celermajer is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She is the author of The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach.”

    So she is not only certifiably psychotic but also exhorting her students to perform witch trials and murder in order to Save the Planet.

    Spread the word far and wide – these people are insane.

    Talk about hate speech and hate crimes !

  3. Anyone knows that this is the Southern Hemispheres summer and Australia is prone to high temperatures however everyone with common sense also knows that forest (bush) fires require an ignition source.

    Now, these can be natural lightning, accidental such as a broken power cable, carelessness a dis-guarded glass bottle or cigarette but, badly managed camp fire or barbie or wilful fire raising. Whatever it is it’ll not take hold or spread unless the area is tinder dry.

    Yes, there has been a recent climatic warm period with increased moister in the atmosphere however we are now entering a cooler period with it’s associated drier atmosphere therefore the likelihood these fires occurring increases.

    However these fires occur you can be sure that the powers that be will use and manipulate the medias coverage of such events in order to push the flagging AGW narrative.

    Big Brother isn’t just watching you, it’s manipulating you through the media. If we barrel headlong into the media abyss if it hasn’t started already politicians wont kill democracy however the media surely will along with sane rational thought.

    • There have been some excellent posts on WUWT covering the Australian fires, one of which points out that the fires are in areas that are not experiencing high temperatures.

  4. any Aussie sees in a second its not our coastline, but for the majority who didnt look closer as you did, …theyd accept the falsehood.
    and yes not discounting large land burnt homes lost livestock and native animals killed here,
    despite the wild claims doing the global media, its pretty standard for Aus in extended drought times to burn bigtime.
    KI fires werent half the island at all and are now “sort of” controlled

  5. The AGW crowd seem to be in absolute glee over the fires raging in Australia. They are enraged at the prime minister. They seem to think that if he changes the laws to instantly make Australia carbon neutral, the fires will go out.

    • yeah ignoring the fact that the fire investigators are uspecting most that werent lightning or trees fallingon powerlines were deliberately lit
      many words being said about the ex reb sorts being some of the firebugs
      if the locals who got burnt out catch em before the law does..they wont need a trial just a funeral

  6. 1981

    Massive drought in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo.

    Selective logging and then slash and burn caused millions of square hectares of previous 1000’s of year old rainforest to burn out. Peat fires were started then and are still burning now near 40 years later.
    There are parts of Kalimantan where the ground is actually coal.

    It wasn’t “climate change” 40 years ago. – It was a severe el nino.

    Practices by humans caused these fires – in combination with natural weather patterns.

  7. The recent fires in Australia destroy the IPCC notion of Greenhouse Gas driven global warming.

    There is no way 50°C air temperatures start fires or even significantly enhance the fires – a candle flame varies in temperature from ~1400°C to ~1650° depending on whose experimental analysis you like. I suggest 50°C air temperature has zero impact on flammability.

    What DOES have a major impact however is how dry the landscape is, and the prevailing wind.

    Australia is burning now because it is now extremely dry over much of the continent.

    Australia is burning now because people with green beliefs have for decades been actively advocating for cessation of hazard reduction burning of all forests and the available fuel load of extremely desiccated timber and foliage lying around after years of accumulation fuels explosive fire outbreaks.

    Most “green politicians” find their way into local government and it is here they have been not only advocating the no hazard reduction burn policy they have also been successful in forcing governments to adopt policy denying landowners the right to safeguard their property by clearing and hazard reduction burns.

    If people want to point the finger at climate deniers for causing these bush fires by denying climate change then I say these people are not only stupid beyond belief but evil as they seek to glorify their divisive stupid nonsense rather than uniting our communities when we need to.

    If we simply must have someone to blame, not something I usually advocate or even condone, then it is obvious the “green politicians” are almost completely responsible.

    After all, not too many know this, China’s electricity generation emissions alone increased in the last 18 months by MORE than the TOTAL amount of CO2 that the whole of Australia emits – not just electricity but everything !

    We could have given up modern life totally on January 2018 and by June 2019 China would have rendered our sacrifice null and void.

    Just how stupid are these psychotic individuals ?

    Read this and see :-


  8. Meant to say it is the complete ABSENCE of the most plentiful and “powerful” Greenhouse gas – water vapour and the accompanying rainfall – that is responsible for our current fires.

    An extra 120 CO2 molecules in every million molecules of ordinary air is just completely irrelevant and those who preach alarmist gobbledygook are simply deluded or liars.

  9. Monckton has an article up on WUWT today that I haven’t had time to read at the moment but an interesting graphic shows there’s been a drop in drought conditions in Australia of approximately 10% over the last 30 years.

  10. @Rosco
    Thanks, yes, agree.

    Your statement “Australia is burning now because it is now extremely dry over much of the continent” is right to the point.

    What’s an interesting example of that is that in late March/early April, when there is still some snow on the ground in the bush nearby here, one can start a fire to burn the (last fall’s) dry leaves right under the snow.

  11. The MSM and the climate catastrophists wish to push people into thinking only in 2 modes — the either/or mode of thinking. Anything that does not fit that mode of thought is to be disparaged and tossed away.

    For many thousands of years native people the world over have managed their resources though techniques like slash and burn. This method, through its longevity, has proven itself good for them and their environment. The fact it does not fit with modern thinking is no reason to stop them, on their land, from managing it as they see fit.

    Remember that Europe used to be mostly forests until ship building and logging for winter fuel stripped so much of it from the land, thus allowing large fields of grains and produce to be grown. Europe is now almost completely a man made environment of cities, fields, and replanted and managed forests.

  12. Australian Aboriginal peoples burned as much of the scrub in most of the drier seasons as they could.. for thousands of years . It was called fire stick agriculture… it was a sacred tradition
    It produced great boomerang country.. and lessened greatly the incidence of megafires.. which could exterminate
    barefoot tribes

    English settlers(invaders) in the 1800s were surprised by the park like nature
    of the countryside and promptly stuck sheep on it.
    the park like nature made great rifle country too.. unfortunately for Aborigines who had neither horse or rifles.

    Perhaps firestick agriculture needs to be reinvented..

    On the other hand the acidification of ocean water by CO2
    may be reducing iron uptake/phytoplankton in the ocean..
    Phytoplankton encourages both cloud formation and rain..
    the Australian 2019 dry may be a result not of changes to the
    atmosphere but to the ocean..
    perhaps Australia needs to export its megatonnes of iron not to China.. but to the sea..

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