Australian bushfires release more than half of annual carbon emissions

The bushfires that have engulfed Australia have had a huge impact on the country, one of which is carbon emissions. Since August 1, wildfires in New South Wales and Queensland have emitted 306 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, accounting for more than half of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to Niels Andela, an assistant researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Center.

Copernicus’s atmospheric monitoring agency estimates it is close to that, with an estimated 270 million tonnes of carbon emissions in the australian wildfires over a four-month period.

Forests absorb and store a lot of carbon, and when they burn to release it into the atmosphere, new trees grow and take decades to restock it.                     

Australian bushfires release more than half of annual carbon emissionsAustralian bushfires release more than half of annual carbon emissions

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