Smoke from Canada gets to Europe – level 2

30-06-2023 07:00

Worsening fires in Quebec and Ontario in Canada made hazy skies and deep orange sunsets in Europe this week.

Satellite images from NASA showed a large cloud of smoke which extended across the Atlantic Ocean from Quebec. On Sunday, the smoke reached the Azores islands and it arrived in Western Europe on Monday. The smoke affected Spain, France, and Portugal. The smoke in the United States caused bad air quality, but the smoke in Europe is higher in the atmosphere, at altitudes of 1,100 meters and above, which means that it shouldn’t be dangerous to people.

In Canada, the number of wildfires continues to rise and over 140 communities are currently under air quality alerts.

Difficult words: hazy (cloudy or unclear), altitude (how high something is above sea level), alert (being watchful for possible danger).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What effects, if any, has the smoke from Canadian wildfires had on air quality in Western Europe?


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