Last year was a record year for wildfires, with devastating blazes wreaking havoc in California , Australia and Siberia. While wildfires destroy homes, plant life and animals, they also contribute to global warming , according to a new study. Researchers from Tianjin University have revealed how ‘brown carbon’ released during wildfires in the northern hemisphere are accelerating global warming in the Arctic. Their study revealed that brown carbon from burning biomass – including from wildfires – was responsible for at least twice as much warming as black carbon from fossil fuel burning. Worryingly, they say this could spark a vicious cycle, leading to even more wildfires in the near future. ‘The increase in brown carbon aerosols will lead to global or regional warming, which increases the probability and frequency of wildfires,’ said Professor Pingging Fu, senior author of the study. ‘Increased wildfire events will emit more brown carbon aerosols, further heating the earth, thus making wildfires more frequent.’ Researchers from Tianjin University revealed how ‘brown carbon’ released during wildfires in the northern hemisphere is accelerating global warming in the Arctic. Pictured: The Dixie wildfire in California Their analysis revealed that brown carbon from burning biomass – including from wildfires –… Read full this story
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