By Euronews with EFE Agency • last update: 06/01/2023 – 19:48
The northern hemisphere has recorded early records for spring air emissions from wildfires in Russia, Canada and Spain, with record levels of emissions in the latter two countries, Copernicus has reported.
Smoke and more smoke in Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s Eastern Maritime Provinces in the Atlantic, which is being hit by an unprecedented wave of fires. Thousands of people have had to be evacuated near Halifax. Thousands of hectares of forest and at least 200 houses have burned.
Wind, high temperatures and dry weather make a dangerous mix for the firefighters, who will soon be assisted by 300 firefighters from the United States and South Africa.
The northern hemisphere records early records of fire emissions, according to Copernicus
In Canada, daily total fire radiative power (FRP) data has shown “significant activity” of wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories since early May, with increased activity further east, in Ontario and Nova Scotia, later in the month.
According to CAMS tracking, there have been “significant emissions” from these wildfires, with a “persistent long-radius” movement across North America and the Atlantic Ocean, reaching as far as Scandinavia and the Arctic Ocean.
Canada had one of the “highest levels” of emissions on record for the month of May, breaking total records in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia.
The situation in Saskatchewan has been “particularly extreme” and has set a record for the month registering 23 megatonnes of emissions, significantly higher than the previous record of two megatonnes for a month of May, according to CAMS.
CAMS Senior Scientist Mark Parrington noted that “as summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, variables related to increased wildfire risk are expected to exacerbate.”
Monitoring these variables, and the evolution of forest fires, “is crucial to understanding the underlying causes and the impact on the atmosphere, in order to take the appropriate measures,” according to the scientist.