Deforestation caused by wildfires worsening climate crisis: Greek expert

Deforestation caused by wildfires worsening climate crisis: Greek expert

Fires also affect microclimate of areas it spread, says Dimosthenis Sarigiannis

By Ahmet Gencturk

ATHENS (AA) - A Greek expert on Monday warned that deforestation caused by wildfires is drastically worsening the climate crisis we are facing.

Wildfires in the country burden atmosphere and air quality, Dimosthenis Sarigiannis, who teaches at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, told public broadcaster ERT.

“There is a big burden from smoke, soot, but at the same time there is also a burden from the burning of technical materials used in fighting fires,” he said.

These materials which release heavy gases and particles also burden soil and groundwater, he added.

According to him, forest fires also affect the also the microclimate of the areas where they spread and cause extreme weather phenomena, including heat waves, hailstorms, and storms.

Recent blazes in Greece, fanned by rising temperatures and strong winds, led to casualties, destroyed homes, farms and factories and burned swathes of forest land.

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