Ultraviolet radiation from the sun could exacerbate the toxicity of the contaminants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from oil spills.
Latest study from Scientific Reports reveals that massive wildfires in Indonesia and Borneo had produced unhealthy air pollution, exposing 69 million people and causing thousands of cases of premature deaths.
In May, Canada faced one of the worst (not to mention, costliest) fires in its history that destroyed thousands of homes and displaced thousands of residents in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Most people associate forest fires with devastation, fear, and calamity. However, according to scientists, not all forms of forest fires are bad for the environment. In fact, forest fires are natural occurrences which help maintain the health of forests.
Human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires over the last 30 years.
The United Launch Alliance has delayed the launch of the WorldView-4 satellite due to wildfires in the area.
A new study suggests that hibernating animals could detect the smell of smoke during their torpor.
Northern California, Western Oregon and the Great Plains are likely to suffer the highest exposure to wildlfire smoke.
Almost 90,000 residents flee as fire continue to spread terror across Cajon Pass in San Bernardino Country.
A drone that launches balls of fire was created to help suppress wildfires and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.
The wildfire has prompted the local government to order the evacuation of thousands of people in the northern area of Los Angeles.
Major fires continue to devastate central California, prompting more evacuations.
U.S. Forest Service reported more than 26 million dead trees over the past eight months, adding to the 60 million confrimed dead trees between 2010 and October 2015.
Remains of victims of a deadly wildfire in California were found, and more are feared to be dead.
Aside from death of trees, drought may also lead to decline in wildlife and even human population.
Widespread drought and wildfires are threatening historic groves of Giant Sequoias in California. Since more extreme droughts are expected in the future, a recent study examined areas that need the most attention to prevent tree loss.