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Arctic fires

Data collected as part of the Copernicus program run by the European Commission suggest that this year’s Arctic fires have broken the infamous record. CO2 emissions from the raging fire within the Arctic Circle were estimated at v 244 megatons. This is the highest value since 2003.

From January 1 to August 31, 2020, emissions amounted to 244 megatons of carbon dioxide. Throughout 2019, 181 megatons of CO2 were released into the air. Fires are an indicator of climate and environmental change in the Arctic. Huge amounts of smoke and pollutants from fires are transported over long distances. The smoke carries toxic compounds such as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter.

The phenomena that we observe in the Arctic today are among the fastest and most violent effects of climate change. Their devastating effects, such as record carbon dioxide emissions, completely burnt forests, burnt ground and melting permafrost, may be a sign what entire planet will experience in the nearest future.