Australian 'Black Summer' wildfires produced almost twice as much CO2 as all Australians in a year

The Australian summer of 2019–2020, also known as the "Black Summer," was characterized by a series of devastating wildfires. Researchers from VU University Amsterdam and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research have determined the amount of CO2 released by these fires using satellite data. The wildfires produced nearly twice as much CO2 as Australia's annual fossil fuel consumption. The research was published in Nature.