18. March 2007
The North of Thailand chokes on smoke from fires :
Flights cancelled because of poor visibility; four provinces covered by smoke for more than a week
The haze was so bad that pilots could not land and flights had to be diverted.
The smoke haze choking northern Thailand is caused by dry season stubble burning, forest fires and wood-fired cooking.
Snaphot Haze Map 18.March
Thai Haze Online
12. January 2007
Australian bushfires' colossal effect:
Australian monster bushfires have generated the power of more than 100 atomic bombs and pumped out millions of tonnes of pollution, greenhouse gas and toxic clouds. CSIRO atmospheric scientist Mick Meyer said the fires generated 2.5 million tonnes of carbon monoxide; 300,000 tonnes of volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde and hydrocarbons; 85,000 tonnes of methane; 64,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxides; and 59,000 tonnes of smoke.
Methane and nitrogen oxide emissions would add to global warming with the heat-absorbing gases creating an effect equal to 2.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The energy produced by the blazes also dwarfs that produced by humans, according to data provided by the CSIRO and energy agencies.
Link: Herald Sun