France moves to ban smoking in woodlands to combat growing climate-related risk of mega fires

May 18, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

French lawmakers have voted to ban smoking in all forests and woods during the fire season, part of a series of proposed measures to tackle growing destruction and dangers from climate change-related blazes. National Assembly lawmakers voted 197-0 in a first reading on Wednesday night of a proposed law to better prevent and tackle forest fires. The draft has already passed through the Senate. An amendment also adopted by lawmakers would ban smoking in or near all forests and woods when authorities deem the fire-risk to be elevated. The fire season that was commonly in summer is now extending to other months in drought-hit areas of southern France and other parts of Europe where climate warming poses the greatest risks. …The smoking ban will build on an existing forest law that already bans the lighting of fires within 200 meters of wooded areas. 

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