/An amazing amount of carbon dioxide has been released into the air this year due to forest fires
An amazing amount of carbon dioxide has been released into the air this year due to forest fires

An amazing amount of carbon dioxide has been released into the air this year due to forest fires

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According to the report , natural fires emit 1.76 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide globally , this is more than twice the total annual emissions of Germany. This year’s global carbon emissions are not a record, but since the beginning of Copernicus data collection in 2003, the highest emissions have been measured in January-November in some parts of Siberia, Yakutia, Turkey, Tunisia and the western United States.

In the north-east of Siberia , the carbon footprint of forest fires CO2 emissions were higher than at any time since the summer of 2003, with many forest fires in western Siberia emitting well above the 2003-2021 average. In North America — Canada, California, and the Pacific Northwest of the United States — forest fires released 83 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, forming huge clouds of smoke that even reached Europe across the Atlantic.

California has been hit by the worst forest fire in the state’s history , In some countries in the Mediterranean, such as Turkey or Greece, thousands of people have had to be displaced by forest fires, which have also worsened air quality in the region with high levels of particles that are harmful to health, the Copernicus report says

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“Extensive areas have been hit by severe and protracted natural fires this year, as regional conditions, which have become drier and hotter as a result of the changing climate, have increased the flammability of vegetation and the risk of natural fires,” according to the carbon emissions are expected to increase in the future as the effects of climate change become more pronounced.

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