The historic wildfires raging across the West Coast are pumping record amounts of pollution into the air — with swaths of smoke spreading at least 5,000 miles to Europe, data shows.
The dense smoke coverage — already blamed for this week’s hazy skies over New York — reached Britain and other parts of northern Europe last week and is forecast to head back in the coming days after a brief respite, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).
Data shows that the West Coast fires have been “tens to hundreds of times more intense” than the nationwide average in the 18 years the agency has monitored blazes, it said.
They have “already emitted far more carbon in 2020 than in any other year” since the records began, CAMS said — even though it is just the start of peak wildfire season.
“The scale and magnitude of these fires are at a level much higher than in