The Arctic Is Experiencing Unprecedented Forest Fires
All over the world, the signs of global warming are becoming more and more worrying.
If you were concerned about the heatwave episodes in Europe, the news from the Arctic Circle will not reassure you. And for good reason: since June, this region surrounding the North Pole of the Earth has been burning.
In two months, about 100 fires broke out from Alaska to Siberia and Greenland, as reported by CNN. This is twice as much as last year, when the situation was already critical.
According to Mark Parrington, a senior researcher with the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS), this is because temperatures in the Arctic are rising at a faster rate than the global average.
In Siberia, An Area Larger Than Wales Going Up In Smoke
More than two million hectares are on fire in #Siberia— Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) July 27, 2019
This is an area larger than Wales!
In many areas the authorities are not able to extinguish the blaze because are too remote. In this case, for example, the flames have continued unabated for at least a week. pic.twitter.com/X5tMROYi6s
While most of these forest fires affect uninhabited areas, some cities in Siberia are suffocating: "We feel nauseous because of the horrible smell," described a woman.
The country has thus put itself on a "black sky" alert state to protect the populations most sensitive to pollution. Companies, on the other hand, are encouraged to limit their activities.
In Greenland, temperatures are 50°F above seasonal averages. These forest fires are obviously an alarming consequence of global warming, which they contribute, as a vicious circle, to intensifying.
So scientists are worried about what happens next. Indeed, fires were reported further north than usual during this season. However, in these regions, there are peat soils that can burn for days or even months, as Live Sciences points out.
By Clothilde Bru, published on 29/07/2019