2022 Severe Wildfires in Europe, South America and North America | Science and the planet

Total emissions from wildfires worldwide continue to decline. This is illustrated by data from the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS), a European service that provides data and information about the composition of the atmosphere. However, there has been a significant increase in some regions in Europe, South America and North America.

Total EU and UK bushfire emissions between 1 June and 31 August 2022 for these months will be the highest since the summer of 2007. The increase in the duration and intensity of summer heat waves, along with the continent’s general dry conditions in 2022, are the contributing factors.

Increasing forest fire emissions in Europe have been of particular concern to some regions in France, Spain and Portugal, where total emissions over the same period were the highest in the past 20 years. This worsened the local air quality.

a look. Pictures show the devastation caused by forest fires in southern France last summer.

forest fires in other regions

Other regions that saw much higher emissions from vegetation fires this year were in the Americas. From January to March, some regions in Paraguay and Argentina saw record emissions from fires. In June and July, there were large, ongoing wildfires in Alaska and in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon, which sent a slight transfer of smoke to the Arctic Circle.
The CAMS tracks wildfires and their emissions throughout the year. Emissions from wildfires are a major source of air pollutants.

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