B.C. wildfires set record high greenhouse gas emission levels

This year’s wildfire season in British Columbia was a record-breaker. Not only did a historic amount of land burn (more than 12,000 square kilometres or an area more than twice the size of Prince Edward Island), but the fires also released a record amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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The estimate for this season’s emissions is nearly triple the previous high in 2014. It is also more than B.C.’s most recent yearly greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 (excluding forestry).


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