Arctik team member explores the Canadian wilderness

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From a secluded area of British Columbia (Canada), Arctik’s team member, Flora Soyez, reports on her experience into the wild!

The most striking has been the continuous smog and the persistent smell of smoke over hundreds of kilometers According to the British Columbia Wildfire Service, the Canadian state (BC) has been facing its worst-ever wildfire season, with over 1,209,000 hectares burned since April 1. Other official statistics reveal that about 60% of fires in BC were lightning-caused between 2006 and 2015. This season has so far proven this trend. However, its amplitude has been more and more presented as a symptom of climate change with record-breaking temperatures and drier summer conditions. A state of emergency was declared on July 7 and extended four times before being lifted on September 15. The forests of British Columbia contain some of the largest forest stores of carbon on the planet. Consequently, serious impacts on the global Canadian’s greenhouse gas emissions but also on wildlife are unfortunately to be expected.

We have witnessed a lot of blood-red sunsets and mountains completely swallowed by wildfire smoke, which also made us wonder on the air quality” Indeed, smoke from forest fires has been identified by Environment and Climate Change Canada as one the most serious current air quality problems, especially for people with chronic underlying medical conditions, infants and the elderly.

In her next edition, our special reporter will present some environment-friendly practices tested and approved by Canadian protectors of nature. Stay tuned!

Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory
2 August 2017

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