A report published by the UNEP highlighted an alarming possibility that the number of global wildfires is expected to rise by 50% by the end of 2050. The report said that the current rate is expected to grow by 20% by 2030 and about 30% by the end of 2050.
Recent research from New South Wales University indicates that human influence on the climate has increased the Incidents of heatstroke and wildfires. Since the middle of the 20th century, their intensity, frequency and duration have increased around the world and these changes are occurring rapidly.
The former President of The United States Barack Obama addressed the COP 26 summit in a repentant mood and urged the world leaders to take action now. “The world has to step up now”, he said.
The forest area of Ardèche in south-eastern France is under fire and the temperature levels are touching a record high in the region. More than 500 firefighters have been deployed to control the fire that has destroyed 900 hectares of pine forest in southern France. As per the officials, a safe evacuation of the local residents was done before the escalation.
California is witnessing a severe wildfire that has increased temperatures in the region as the mercury is hovering between 37 to 47 degrees Celsius. The forest fire has spread across the southern area and has burned about 4500 acres of land to ashes.
Smoke from wildfires burning in Canada is drifting into the United States, causing air pollution and health concerns. The smoke is coming from several large wildfires that are burning in British Columbia and Alberta. The fires have been burning for weeks, and they have been fueled by hot, dry weather and strong winds.
Wildfires are ravaging at least nine countries around the Mediterranean as scorching temperatures, dry conditions, and strong winds fuel the flames. Algeria has been hit hard, with fires spreading across 15 provinces and claiming the lives of 34 people. Witnesses describe the fires as resembling "blowtorches," leaving behind destruction and evacuations. The situation is also dire in Tunisia, Syria, Italy, Greece, France, Montenegro, and Portugal.
Escalating wildfire incidents in Canada have triggered a surge in the development and adoption of advanced detection systems. The ongoing catastrophic wildfire season has led to substantial investments in technologies aimed at identifying wildfires before they intensify. OroraTech, a German company with a Vancouver branch, operates eight satellites equipped with specialized infrared sensors that monitor temperature anomalies in grids of four-by-four meters. The data is integrated with information from other satellites to swiftly detect irregularities and provide real-time reports to clients, including firefighting and forestry services. OroraTech's software is also capable of predicting fire behavior, aiding in prioritizing firefighting efforts.
A recent study led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis highlights that the impact of wildfires on climate change may be more substantial than previously understood. The study, published in Nature Geoscience, delves into the role of "dark brown carbon," a previously unidentified class of particles emitted as part of wildfire smoke. The findings suggest that these particles contribute significantly to the warming effect, necessitating revisions in climate models and strategies to address a changing environment.
The recent devastating wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, which swiftly consumed vast areas, have raised concerns about their underlying causes. Erica Fleishman, Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, emphasizes the unsettling similarity between these wildfires and the landscape-altering blazes often observed in the Western United States. She notes that as the global climate crisis unfolds, regions unaccustomed to wildfires may experience an increase in their frequency, scale, and speed.
The devastating wildfires have been raging in Hawaii, particularly on the island of Maui. Climate change is playing a role in these wildfires, as it is making the conditions more conducive to fire. climate change is causing the state to experience more frequent and intense droughts, which dries out vegetation and makes it more flammable. In addition, climate change is causing the state to experience more extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, which can also contribute to wildfires.
A study by NASA found that the risks of climate change are compounding as the planet warms. The study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that the impacts of climate change are not just getting worse, but they are also becoming more interconnected.