Highlights / wildfires

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Ottawa invests $5M in wildland fires research

With wildland fires growing in frequency and intensity across the country, the federal government will be investing $5 million towards the development of a Wildland Fire Research Network in Canada, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan announced Wednesday. To increase Canada’s »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Alberta prepares for wildfire season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Canada’s western province of Alberta with its wide prairie and vast boreal forest, last year experienced more than one million acres burned by wildfires. That’s over 400,000 kilometres, or several times the entire size of Ireland (84,000km). The majority (70%) »

International

More Canadian firefighters arrive in Australia to battle inferno

A new group of Canadian firefighters and wildfire experts has arrived in Australia to help fight devastating bushfires that have already killed 25 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes, scorching an area the size of Nova Scotia and Prince »

International

Canada stands ready to assist Australia in fighting raging wildfires

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) is sending a liaison officer to Australia to work with authorities there on determining what assistance Canada can provide as Australian firefighters struggle to contain more than 150 fires raging on both the »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

10,000 people forced out by Alberta wildfires

The wildfires raging across northern Alberta have forced about 10,000 people from their homes, according to numbers released by provincial authorities. And the Western Canadian province is not going to get any respite in the coming days, officials said. “This »

Environment & Animal Life

Climate change played major role in extreme wildfire: study

Canadian scientists have found that human-induced climate change played a major role in the extreme wildfire in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) in 2017. “As the climate continues to warm, we can expect that costly extreme wildfires seasons »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Study shows wildfires are accelerating permafrost melt

Many studies have shown that the huge permafrost layers under the Arctic are melting. A newly published study shows that the permafrost in northern regions in the boreal forest may be melting much faster than previously thought, up to 25 »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Smoke from wildfires: health concerns, cancellations

As the many wildfires continue to ravage forests in west coast British Columbia, new health concerns are being raised about smoke pollution. In addition, several airports in the province had to cancel flights as the thick smoke made it too »

Environment & Animal Life, International

British Columbia: wildfires worse due to climate change

It’s summer in Canada, and that means wildfire season. Indeed, wildfires have been seen in greater and more destructive quantities in areas around the world in the past few years, including this year. Sweden for example has experienced massive forest »

Environment & Animal Life

Canada’s coasts flooding, but prairies burning

Record high flood waters are only now beginning to recede in the east coast province of New Brunswick while  interior regions of the west coast province of British Columbia brace for a second level of record floods. In the middle »