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AFP Fact Check | Misleading claims spread on 2023 Canadian wildfires after charges filed

February 2, 2024

Individuals in Quebec and Nova Scotia have been charged with starting fires during Canada’s 2023 wildfire season, but social media posts are misleadingly claiming the cases disprove the devastation was also linked to climate change. The investigations relate to a small percentage of blazes and experts say environmental conditions which are largely attributed to climate change were a major factor enabling the conflagrations. “It was extreme fire weather and the drought that brought us to 2023, over a large swath of Canada for a long period of time,” says wildfire expert Dr. Mike Flannigan. “This is climate change in action.” Read more

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