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This year’s wildfires are responsible for significant carbon dioxide emissions

This year’s numerous wildfires contributed another 1.76 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Monitoring Programme. The extent of fires depends to some extent on global warming.

The self-reinforcing effects of climate change are starting to show. He wrote: As a result of global warming, wildfires around the world this year contributed to the emission of 1.76 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. CNBC.

This can be compared with the fact that all emissions on Earth during the whole of 2020 amounted to 40 billion tons. Wildfires broke out in different parts of the world during the summer. It has burned in the United States, Turkey, Russian Siberia, North Africa, Algeria and Tunisia, and in many southern European countries, with severe consequences for carbon dioxide emissions and local air quality.

According to the European Union’s monitoring programme, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, climate change itself is likely to be behind many of the fires, with drier and warmer conditions worldwide contributing to drying out vegetation. This keeps the fires burning. It looks like 2021 will also be among the 10 hottest years of the past decade in terms of global average temperature.

“At the end of the year, we can see that we’ve seen how areas of the largest have experienced intense and prolonged wildfires, some of which were at a level not seen in decades,” says Mark Barrington, a senior researcher at Copernicus. .

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