The world’s eight most extreme wildfire weather years have occurred in the last decade. This is according to a new study that says extreme fire weather is being driven by a decrease in astronomic humidity coupled with rising temperatures!
“Extreme conditions like this can rise and make the world’s fire activity more dangerous!” Said former University of Alberta wildlife expert Mike Flanniganwho conducted the research with study lead Piyush Jain, a research assistant with Natural Resources Canada | Ressources Naturelles Canada, and Sean Coogan who is a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. “For example in Canada, just 3 percent of fires are responsible for 97 percent of the area burned.”
Flannigan joined Thompson Rivers University in August explained that the team examined extreme fire weather trends from 1979 to 2020 using common fire weather indexes that provide estimates for fire intensity and rate of fire spread, as well as changes in vapor pressure, or humidity.
Let’s hope that new solutions like this year’s Children’s Climate Prize winner Reshma Kosaraju’s solution AI against forest fires 🔥 will help reduce wildfires and make our mother earth a better place to live for our future generations to come!!!
By Sri Nihal Tammana