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Smoke From Australian Fires Have Already Circled The Globe

According to a recent update from American space company NASA, smoke from the wildfires in Australia has already circumnavigated the world, as unfortunate as that may sound.

Widespread Smoke

Per scientists, the smoke that came from Australia and started reaching other places like the Pacific Ocean was first observed sometime in December last year. And now, it’s been tracked back to the eastern region of Australia, meaning that the smoke has already done a full 360 of the planet and managed to reach the other side of where it originated from.

To make sure of this, a satellite also traced the movement of the smoke, producing an image on Monday that shows areas in Australia that the smoke has managed to come back to.

“The smoke from Australia has already had a dramatic impact on New Zealand, where it is turning the skies hazy and causing colorful sunrises and sunsets, ” NASA wrote in a recent statement regarding the smoke.  Furthermore, the agency also stated that the smoke is something we should all be concerned about because it can cause global damage by serving as an avenue for searing heat to combine with historic dryness, which can result to what is call “fire clouds.” These clouds apparently allow smoke to reach heights of 10 miles, and then disperse everywhere.

However,  Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta in Canada director Mike Flannigan said that this isn’t the first time that such a thing occurred, where smoke from a major fire managed to travel across the planet. According to him, similar events have already happened in both Canada and U.S. in the past.

"One fire in Alberta caused smoke to travel to the eastern seaboard, and it was so thick, that the street lights came on during the day. It went to Europe and caused all sorts of problems in Europe,” Flannigan said.

He also added that thousands of premature deaths each year are because of wildfire smoke, most of which come from Southeast Asia.

Smoke According to a 2018 report by WHO, nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air. jplenio/Pixabay

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