One of the coldest regions on Earth has been experiencing a record-breaking heat wave in recent weeks amid growing fears about devastating wildfires and melting permafrost.
Heat wave sparks concerns about devastating wildfire season and melting permafrost.
. But the situation in the Arctic is even more stark with the region warming at over three times the global average.Much of the Arctic region is covered by permafrost — carbon rich soil that should remain frozen throughout the year — and rapid warming is causing it to melt, said Thomas Smith, an assistant professor of environmental geography at the London School of Economics.
Permafrost, he said, stores vast amounts of carbon, which means that when it melts, planet-warming greenhouse gasses are emitted.“That can further drive climate change and global warming,” he said.A satellite image showing wildfires in the Novosibirsk Region, south Siberia on April 27.
NASA“The second problem is that if the land is thawed out, and if it dries out with these high temperatures, then that soil is actually available to burn as a fuel for a fire,” he added.These fires that emit greenhouse gases can smolder for weeks or months, “even when it has rained,” Smith said.
The unusual heat has also disrupted a number of natural cycles, according to the, with river ice breaking, blooms coming earlier and insects emerging earlier than normal.While temperatures in the region have temporarily dropped, the heat is forecast to return next week.
Luke DenneLuke Denne is a producer for NBC News based in London. Read more: NBC News »
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