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Record-breaking smoke cloud from Australian fires was “jaw-dropping,” study says

Record-breaking smoke cloud from Australian fires was
Record-breaking smoke cloud from Australian fires was

The devastating Australian bushfires that burned from late 2019 to early 2020 left their mark on the landscape — 5.8 million hectares were scorched, nearly 3 billion animals were affected, and over 800 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were released, which is more than the amount of greenhouse gas emissions Australia emits in an entire year.

Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan’s Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies found another frightening impact from the bushfires – a smoke cloud that rose into the stratosphere was three times larger than anything previously recorded. The largest on record prior to Australia’s smoke cloud was from British Columbia’s wildfires in 2017 when more than 1.2 million hectares were burned.

The researchers’ findings were published in Communications Earth & Environment, which state that the “unprecedented” smoke cloud was 1,000 km long and travelled 66,000 km over

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