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Friday, 04 September 2020 15:25

Carbon dioxide emissions in the Arctic due to forest fires break all records

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Carbon dioxide emissions in the Arctic caused by wildfires in the summer of 2020, called a record, for comparison, this is 35% more than for the entire last year. As of August 24, emissions exceeded 245 megatons.
Yakutia was the most severely affected: 395 million tons of CO2 were emitted from its entire territory (including the Arctic part). Also in 2020, there was a fire in the tundra just 50 kilometers South of the Arctic ocean, and it is considered the northernmost fire in the history of observations.
Mark Parrington, senior fellow at the European center for medium-term weather forecasts, said that the weather conditions in the summer of 2020 were abnormally dry and hot for the Arctic and this was probably the main cause of the fires.
Climatologists also specify: "Fires reach such proportions due to the increase in the global average air temperature, and the burning of forests accelerates the course of climate change." Such fires are not only caused by the climate crisis, but can also increase it. Fires also accelerate the melting of permafrost and release deposits of methane and other greenhouse gases that have been frozen for thousands of years.

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