Climate change is expected to result in more frequent fires in many boreal forests, with severe environmental and economic consequences. Although no specific fire or weather event can be directly attributed to climate change, increasing air temperatures can help create more ideal fire conditions. These conditions were witnessed in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013, when a massive forest fire burned over 27,000 hectares of forest in Quebec and Labrador and resulted in the precautionary evacuation of the Town of Wabush due to air quality concerns.
This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.