More than 100 severe wildfires have devastated the Arctic since June, with scientists describing the fires as “unprecedented.”
New satellite images show large clouds of smoke billowing throughout uninhabited land in Greenland, Siberia, and parts of Alaska.
The wildfires come after the planet skilled the hottest June on record and are on observe to experience the hottest July on record, as heatwaves sweep throughout Europe and the United States.
Since the begin of June, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which gives data about atmospheric composition and emissions, has tracked greater than 100 intense wildfires within the Arctic Circle.
Pierre Markuse, a satellite photography expert, stated the area had experienced fires previously, however by no means this many.
Temperatures within the Arctic are rising at a sooner price than the global average, offering the right conditions for wildfires to spread, according to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at CAMS.
“The number and depth of wildfires in the Arctic Circle is unusual and unprecedented,” Parrington mentioned.
“They’re concerning as they are occurring in a very remote a part of the world, and in an environment that many people would consider being pristine,” he mentioned.
The typical June temperature in Siberia, the place the fires are raging, was almost 10 degrees increased than the long-term common between 1981–2010, Dr. Claudia Volosciuk, a scientist with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated.
Parrington mentioned there seemed to be new wildfires due to local heatwaves in Siberia, Canada, and Alaska.
The fires themselves contribute to the climate crisis by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
They emitted an estimated 100 megatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere between 1 June and 21 July, almost the equal of Belgium’s carbon output in 2017, according to CAMS.