The Arctic is getting warmer. Already in June, the temperature reached a record number there. Researchers say the heat was caused by the fires in the region, which was leading to the release of 59 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
According to data, around 246 fires covering an area of more than 1,400 sq km were recorded. The fires that took place in June released more carbon dioxide than all its emissions from Norway during the whole year. According to the scientists, higher soil temperatures and dryness create excellent conditions for the fire to form.
“What is happening in the Arctic is not just about the Arctic,” says Professor Martin Siegert of Imperial College London. This phenomenon has an influence on the whole weather systems. So, if you change the weather in the Arctic, we’ll experience the effects all over the world.