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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.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Yesterday, President Biden announced a coordinated, interagency effort to address extreme heat threatening lives across the nation. After a summer of extreme temperatures, deadly heat domes, and raging wildfires, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services; Homeland Security; and Agriculture; the EPA; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Hurricane Nicholas hit the Texas coast yesterday as a category 1 storm, bringing heavy rains and 75 mph winds. Rapidly intensifying from a tropical storm to a hurricane before making landfall, Nicholas gained 35 mph in wind speeds in a single day. There have been six Atlantic hurricanes so […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, energy company Entergy can’t say when New Orleans residents will get power back. In addition to the direct health harms that can come from losing AC when the heat index is over 100, the lack of power has also made it harder to […]
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