The smoke from the Greenwood Fire rose significantly from Monday through Tuesday as the wildfire doubled in size and the air quality in northeastern Minnesota plummeted.

Instead of merely reacting to the crisis, Surapaneni said it is also essential to defuse the crisis as a whole and take action via prevention and planning.

A Report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published in early August said it is “clear” the planet has warmed by 1.5 degrees Celsius, mainly owing to burning fossil fuels to man.

Climate change is making forest fires longer, more severe and more frequent, so Surapaneni said everyone should all work together to figure out how to protect personal health, as well as collective health.

And while experts can’t say climate change sparked the Greenwood Fire, which at Wednesday totaled almost 22.000 hectares, Surapaneni said such events will continue to happen and will get worse.

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