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Canada's Wildfires Could Keep Burning for Months

Canada's wildfires are raging out of control and could last for months. More than 400 fires have already burned 4.8 million hectares of land, displacing more than 20,000 people. Smoke from the fires has drifted as far as the eastern United States, making New York City briefly the most polluted city on the planet.

Causes of Canada's wildfires

Experts say climate change is making wildfires more common. Fires are destroying nearly twice as much forest cover as 20 years ago. They are also major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and have caused record levels of carbon emissions across Canada.

Impact of the wildfires

The wildfires have had a devastating impact on people and the environment. In addition to the loss of life and property, the fires have also caused widespread air pollution. This has led to health problems for people living in affected areas and has also disrupted travel and tourism.

Solutions to the wildfires

There is no easy solution to the problem of wildfires. However, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk of wildfires and to mitigate the impact of wildfires when they do occur. These include:

  • Improving forest management practices: This includes things like thinning out forests to reduce the amount of fuel available for fires and creating firebreaks to help stop the spread of fires.
  • Early detection and suppression: This means having a system in place to identify and respond to wildfires quickly.
  • Public education: This includes educating people about the dangers of wildfires and how to protect themselves from smoke.
  • Climate action: Addressing climate change will help to reduce the frequency and severity of wildfires.
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