In contrast, in Borneo, the arrival of the Child had a positive effect. According to Dr. Lisa Curran, a renowned scientist who spent twenty years studying its climate on the island, the flowering of the dipterocarp forests gives Borneo a special dynamic. Curran notes that “between 80-93% of the species synchronizes its flowering with drought, which normally occurs every four years.” During a “dipterocarp year”, in Kalimantan, the whole forest fills with color, when countless trees -each one with about four million blossoms- flowers during a period of six weeks (…) “.
This massive flowering and the subsequent budding of the fruits represented a great advantage for the seed predators during the particular season, especially for the wild boar, a great consumer of them. The increase in the number of wild boars created such an abundance during these periods, that the population of Borneo considered the El Niño phenomenon as a blessing, since its inhabitants collected enormous quantities of seeds for export and were supplied with abundant wild boar meat. “This relationship has existed since human beings inhabit Borneo, and is rooted from the tribes inside the forest to the merchants on the coast,” Curran adds.
But the situation changed drastically and El Niño has the same negative effects as in other regions, after the intense deforestation of the forests occurred in the decades of 1980-1990, during which Borneo became the largest exporter of wood in the world . The brutal destruction of the rainforest so shocked the cycle that “seed production was reduced from 175 pounds per acre in 1991 to 16.5 pounds per acre in 1998, even though it was one of the strongest El Niño years It seems that logging has reduced the density and biomass of mature trees below the critical threshold that limits mass flowering. ”
Homo sapiens became one of the largest rainforests in the world, one of the most important reservoirs rainy on the planet, where just half a century ago the humidity and mud made unimaginable a forest fire, in an arid, dry and hostile place not suitable for animals or vegetables in most of its territory. Borneo is a very serious case of human unconsciousness regarding the environment. Homo sapiens intervened in Borneo and produced a clear and irrefutable local climate change. This serious case should not be overlooked.