Experience the worst fire season the Arctic fires have emitted into the atmosphere one third more CO2 (carbon dioxide) that last year. The blazes along the Arctic circle had emitted 244 million tonnes of the gas alone in the first six months of this year (2020).
As per the scientists, these Arctic fires or also referred by them as “zombie-fires” probably could have originated last year and were smoldering underground during the winter season. Once the heatwave hit these regions in spring the fires reignited.
The initial signs of such a scale environmental disaster were the record-breaking heatwave as the temperature continued to climb up. The Northern Sea Route, also opened up earlier than usual owing to thinner ice in the Arctic sea and even the satellite images of the area showcased how fast the sea ice was shrinking.
As per CAMS (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service) data, this is emission has increased significantly since last year, with 181 million tonnes of gas being emitted in the whole of 2019.
Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at Europe’s CAMS stated: “We’ve known for a long time that the rate of change of climate and temperature at northern latitudes has been two to three times faster than the global average and what we’re now seeing is a symptom of that more rapid rate of change”.
Most of the fires sprung in Sakha Republic, Russia whereas blazes across Northern Canada and Alaska have significantly reduced in comparison with last year’s stats. However, the smoke from Siberian fires has been so intense that it has spread across thousands of kilometers.
Though the Arctic fires remain in a pretty bad condition, global emission from wildfires is mainly driven by the fires that occur in the tropic region. Nevertheless, these Arctic fires do reflect on how poorly the environment of the planet is shaping.
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