Smoke from moorland wildfires may hold toxic blast from the past


THE UK’s largest wildfire for decades is almost under control after blazing for a week during the country’s longest heat wave since 1976. But with no rain forecast for at least a week, peat burning underground at Saddleworth Moor near Manchester could continue to smoulder, generating hazardous smoke. Because of extensive toxic fallout from factories a century ago, there could be other hazards. Toxic heavy metals such as lead and cadmium could be taking to the air in fly ash.  New Scientist

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