…Canada’s 45 million acres of scorched forest last year added yet another record-breaking statistic, one of the largest burnt areas in world history. The MacMillan Center’s “Smoke from Canada” conference organized by the Committee on Canadian Studies, explored the aftermath of the fires included presentations from School of the Environment researchers and a keynote presentation delivered by guest speaker Pierre Minn, an anthropology professor at the University of Montreal. “As we saw with the wildfire smoke last summer, the effects of climate change in Canada are not confined within the country’s geographical boundaries,” said Brendan Shanahan, MacMillan Center postdoctoral associate and panel moderator. …wildfires can also initiate deadly ripples throughout the ecosystem, as their pollutant can be toxic to vegetation by inhibiting plant photosynthesis. …Researchers added that prolonged exposure to smoke comes with a steep toll on human health as well.