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At the end of June, we wrote that a record-breaking high temperature of 100° F was detected in the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. This caused alarm as this was one more indicator of the rapid warming happening at the Arctic Circle.
Unfortunately, this stretch of record heat has continued in Siberia where’s it’s accelerated permafrost thaw that’s lead to oil spills and wildfires.
As Carolyn Kormann explained for the New Yorker, climate models had predicted this phenomenon, known as Arctic amplification, but they did not predict how fast the warming would occur. And THAT’S the scary part, warming is occurring so rapidly that we don’t know all the ways in which it will affect entire regions and the planet at large.
Arctic Fires: The New York Times reported yesterday that according to a new report from European scientists, intense wildfires in the Arctic in June released more polluting gases into the Earth’s atmosphere than in any other month in 18 years of data collection.
“Higher temperatures and drier surface conditions are providing ideal conditions for these fires to burn and to persist for so long over such a large area,” Mark Parrington, a fire specialist at the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, which issued the report, said in a statement.
For the contiguous United States and Alaska, there will be a widespread and prolonged stretch of extreme heat lasting through July. As Jeff Masters, a meteorologist at Yale Climate Connections, explained, “It’s not a record-breaking heat wave, but it is notable for its persistence.”
The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season burnt more than 18 million hectares across the country, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and claimed the lives of 34 people and about one billion animals. The devastation was gutwrenching and a wake-up call to the entire world that climate change is our greatest existential threat. Yet as fire crews […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Hurricane Iota, the 30th named storm this year, made landfall in Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm. As it continues to move across Central America, it could still bring “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Iota was the […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer New research shows that hurricanes are retaining more of their strength after hitting land than they have previously. Hurricanes were once expected to quickly weaken after landfall, but over the past 50 years, the time it takes for hurricanes to dissipate on land has almost doubled. Researchers say […]
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