Global warming has resulted in the extreme weather conditions that caused fire season, devastating at least eastern Canada This year, the probability is seven times higher, according to a study published on Tuesday by a network of scientists specializing in this type of analysis.
World Weather Attribution (WWA) researchers have found that due to climate change caused by human activities, the likelihood of high temperatures and low humidity has increased in particular, which played a key role in the spread of the flames.
This year, Canada is experiencing the most devastating fire season in its history. There are currently more than 1,000 active fires from east to west.
“Rising temperatures are causing a lot of The conditions are similar to those in a powder keg in the forests of Canada and all over the world,” says one of the researchers involved in this work, British climatologist Friederike Otto, in a press release.
“Until we stop burning fossil fuels, the number of wildfires will continue to increase,” Otto said.
More than 15 million hectares destroyed
You have already burned more than 15 million acres across Canada, a figure that is more than double the previous record for an entire fire season.
All in all, approximately 200,000 residents had to be evacuated, and four people have died.
For their study, 16 WWA researchers focused on the Fires that broke out in Quebec between May and July to study an area homogeneous in terms of climate and vegetation.
You have investigated a measure called the “Forest Weather Index, which combines temperature, wind speed, humidity, and precipitation to estimate the risk of wildfires.
“Climate Change significantly increases the combustibility of the fuel Available for wildfires, meaning a single spark, regardless of where it came from, can quickly turn into hell,” explained Yan Boulanger, a researcher at Canada’s Department of Natural Resources who was also involved in the study.