Wildfires have erupted across the globe, scorching places that rarely burned before

July 22, 2021 at 05:04

But now the city is blanketed in haze as nearby wildfires tear through forests that have been parched by weeks of heatwaves.
The fires are so big, and the winds strong, smoke is traveling as far away as Alaska.
New York City on Wednesday woke up to an intense red sunrise, the smell of wildfires and a thick brown haze.
The smoke in the republic of Yukutia in Siberia was so thick on Tuesday that reconnaissance pilot Svyatoslav Kolesov couldn't do his job.
This part of Siberia is prone to wildfires, with large parts of the region covered in forests.
"New fires have appeared in the north of Yakutia, in places where there were no fires last year and where it had not burned at all before," he said.
Wildfires are becoming larger and more intense and they are also happening in places that aren't used to them.
Many factors, like poor land management, play a role in wildfires, but climate change is making them more frequent and intense.
In Oregon, eight fires have burned nearly 475,000 acres so far, in a fire season officials said was unlike any they've seen before.
The Canadian province of British Columbia declared an emergency due to wildfires there effective Wednesday.
Not only is climate change stoking the fires, but their burning releases even more carbon into the atmosphere, which worsens the crisis.
Areas affected by these fires also include peatlands, which are some of the most effective carbon sinks on the planet, Parrington said.
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