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‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic

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Wildfires are spreading through parts of the Arctic, including Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and Canada at “unprecedented levels,” according to wildfire expert Mark Parrington from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

According to BBC, the increasing number of wildfires affects air quality as well as conditions on the ground. Fires release toxic pollutants and gases into the atmosphere, which can be harmful to people, animals and plants. The smoke from the fires in Russia has now traveled as far as the west coast of Canada and Alaska, according to BBC. Smoke has blocked the sun and made it difficult for people to breathe in several countries, and some governments have declared a state of emergency.

Fires in the northern hemisphere between May and October are not abnormal, yet the location, intensity and length have been more extreme than usual, according to CAMS. The World Meteorological Organization reported 2019 saw Earth’s warmest June on record. With warmer conditions, fires grow more rapidly and can persist longer.

Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency reported over 6.5 million acres of land are currently burning across Siberia and Eastern Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent the Russian army to help fight the fires in Siberia, and United States President Donald Trump has offered Putin assistance to put the fires out.

According to USA Today, firefighters in Russia have few resources in some parts of the Siberian Arctic. In Siberia, rain is one of the only available resources to extinguish the flames. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for tougher action regarding the fires, claiming what Putin is doing is not enough.

While Russia is one of the regions most affected by the fire season, there are currently 21 fires burning through over 1 million acres of land in Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. BBC reported the majority of the fires throughout Alaska have been started by lightning strikes. In Canada, a single wildfire in the Northwest Territories has burned at least—if not more—100,000 acres according to the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry.

“The ongoing Arctic fires have been most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football pitches, or the whole of Lanzarote,” Parrington stated in a CAMS report. “In Alberta, Canada, one fire is estimated to have been bigger than 300,000 pitches. In Alaska alone, CAMS has registered almost 400 wildfires this year, with new ones igniting every day.”

In addition to affecting air quality, climate scientists claim soot absorbs sunlight and warms the atmosphere. If soot falls on ice or snow, it absorbs heat as soot reduces reflectability.

Fires also contribute to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists estimate that fires in July 2019 resulted in the release of about 100 megatons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the carbon output of the entirety of Belgium in 2017.

“We haven’t crossed any major irreversible tipping points yet, but for each tenth of a degree that we get close to 1.5 [degrees Celsius], it’s sort of like time’s running out,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus told TIME. “We’re already there in some places where the ice just doesn’t exist in the times and places that it used to. That’s a permanent change effectively to those parts of the Arctic.”

Greenland is one place serious ice sheet changes can be seen every year. The National Post reported the 2019 melting season could set a record for the most melted ice in history. 250 billion tons of ice have already melted this year due to a combination of low snowfall and significant melt run-off, according to The National Post. This is enough water to sustain the world population’s water intake for over 40 years.

“The basic chemistry and the basic physics of how the atmosphere absorbs heat—there’s no path where you can imagine that the Arctic is going to start to cool off again,” Brian Brettchneider from the International Arctic Research Center told TIME. “Cold air has to come from somewhere, cold air doesn’t just magically appear, and that somewhere has to be accounted for in the entire energy balance of the Earth. It would take a dramatic reversal of the chemical composition of the atmosphere.”

VG



121 Comments on "‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic"

  1. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 7:26 am 

    Terrorist Who Allegedly Killed 51 People in New Zealand Gets Letter Published to 4Chan From Jail

    “July 4, 2019, was addressed to someone in Russia named Alan, and referred to a “great conflict on the horizon” as well as “a great amount of bloodshed” that he predicted for the future.”

    https://gizmodo.com/terrorist-who-allegedly-killed-51-people-in-new-zealand-1837230767?%2Fsetsession

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 8:29 am 

    “Terrorist Who Allegedly Killed 51 People in New Zealand Gets Letter Published to 4Chan From Jail
    “July 4, 2019, was addressed to someone in Russia named Alan, and referred to a “great conflict on the horizon” as well as “a great amount of bloodshed” that he predicted for the future.””

    Entirely correct.

    Meanwhile in Hong Kong, more US-Chinese horn-locking:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7355919/China-bans-two-warships-visiting-Hong-Kong-amid-protest-row.html

    “China ‘bans two US warships from visiting Hong Kong’ and accuses Washington of being ‘the black hand’ behind the city’s ‘terrorist’ protesters amid an intensifying political row”

    #AlmostThere

  3. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 8:37 am 

    Clogg

    Too bad he doesn’t know anything about overpopulation and peak oil. Or he would realize his deluded Utopian vision of the future isn’t physically possible.

    I doubt he has any idea that without mass immigration you can’t pay retirement benefits to your elderly. I doubt he understands that 1/3 of global GDP comes from increased population.

    Education isn’t a strong point on the right though. And it always shows..

  4. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 10:01 am 

    After the El Paso and Gilroy shootings, tech leaders are saying platforms must stop amplifying hate speech – In a new letter, a collective of tech CEOs, activists, and researchers are calling on their industry peers to take action.
    https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/13/20804193/build-tech-we-trust-el-paso-gilroy-mass-shootings-tech-leaders-platforms-amplifying-hate-speech

    shut them down..4chan, zerohedge. before more innocent people get murdered.

  5. joe on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 10:10 am 

    There is no political left in America. There’s only the corporatists and the identitarian pot smokin fools who support one of the corporatist parties versus everyone else. Candidate Buttiguy (cant spell it, cant say it) said that the Dems should ‘get back to being the party of unions’, he left out that a Dem signed NAFTA and destroyed the working class of the US. All thats left is the Christians, the Gun lobby, migrants, those under represented and badly treated in the services sector and the cheerleading INSANEOTARDS of Social Democrats (actually communists). A fake economy being pumped along by oil paid by a national fiat currency check thats never gonna be repaid. Trump resigned NAFTA this year and killed off US manufacturing forever. Jobs arent coming back, theyll go to India and Vietnam….

  6. joe on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 10:12 am 

    Shut down CNN and the Media that brought you the 2 Iraq wars and Vietnam and supports Killary (we came, we saw, he died) Clinton, they killed millions more

  7. Davy on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 10:57 am 

    Further to my gray man post above. I’m taking a radically different approach. I like to think of myself as the glow in the dark flashing neon pink man.

    I interact with others that I don’t know as much as possible. I’m broadcasting my location and every small detail about my doomstead over the Internet, and I am practising being in constant conflict with others, as opposed to avoiding conflict, or practising conflict resolution.

    The gray man strategy is dumbass. My strategy is badass, and will likely get me lynched shortly after our economy collapses.

  8. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 11:05 am 

    Germany’s shrinking GDP is raising fears of a euro zone recession
    https://qz.com/1687219/germanys-shrinking-economy-is-raising-fears-of-a-euro-zone-recession/

    They are going to have zero growth in less than 7 years. They are on a downward spiral. They are doomed. And the upcoming oil shortage will be the nail in the coffin.

  9. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 11:07 am 

    Europe is falling! just like Soros predicted! I get by a little help from friends! Sing it George! HAHA

    German economy slips back into negative growth
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49342012

  10. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 11:35 am 

    Debt and doom loops: The eurozone’s Italian nightmare
    https://www.dw.com/en/debt-and-doom-loops-the-eurozones-italian-nightmare/a-50019077

  11. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 11:49 am 

    Italy is on the brink.

    If only immigrants was their only issue.

    LOL

  12. Not Davy on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 11:49 am 

    “Davy on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 10:57 am
    Further to my gray man post above. I’m taking a radically different approach. “

    Are you bored today juanpee with all that community out reach BS you talk about? What a fuck nut! Are you teaching kids to weed a garden with a propane torch. What a numb nut!

  13. Cloggie on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 12:57 pm 

    “Microplastics are RAINING from the sky onto the Rocky Mountains, new study finds”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7354081/Microplastics-raining-sky-Rocky-Mountains-new-study-finds.html

  14. Cloggie on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 1:18 pm 

    “Dutch economy grows 0.5% in Q2 2019.
    ouch..better open those boders“

    That’s 2%/year you fool.
    Africans add nothing to the Dutch economy.

  15. Sissyfuss on Wed, 14th Aug 2019 9:39 pm 

    Negative growth, Knobjobmob? Isn’t that like decline but in a much clumsier syntax?

  16. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 4:53 am 

    U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/14/steve-king-abortion-rape-incest-westside-conservative-iowa-representative-birth-iowa-civilization/2007230001/

    Behold the genius of the far right!

  17. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 5:45 am 

    Jeff Epstein autopsy found multiple neck bone fractures, which can be caused by suicidal hanging — but are more commonly found in homicidal strangulation.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/autopsy-finds-broken-bones-in-jeffrey-epsteins-neck-deepening-questions-around-his-death/2019/08/14/d09ac934-bdd9-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html

    This has Trump’s name all over it.

    Some call the Mueller! Part 2!

  18. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 5:53 am 

    I bet they will say Epstein was killed by a man living in a cave.

    Hey it worked for 911 rite?

    LOL

  19. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 6:16 am 

    Just wait till the social unrest starts! Then I will tell the rich white man NO.

    And ask clogg what happens next

  20. Cloggie on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 8:40 am 

    Just wait till the social unrest starts! Then I will tell the rich white man NO.

    And ask clogg what happens next

    But your are going to make an exception for your hero and “rich white man”, George Soros, right. Some (((exceptions))) apply.

    Whatever, bring it on floppy, that inevitable social unrest.

    The difference with 1917 is that this time Eurasia is prosperous and not in the middle of, cq recovering from a world war. In other words: able to take advantage of US CW2 and split you up and rake in white nationalist territory. George Soros can have Upstate NY.

  21. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 15th Aug 2019 10:21 am 

    Germany: Far-right offenses rise in 2019. Neo-Nazis and other far-right groups have committed 8,605 crimes in 2019 so far. The rise of anti-migrant and neo-Nazi groups has alarmed the authorities

    https://www.dw.com/en/germany-far-right-offenses-rise-in-2019/a-50025070

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