Arctic on Fire

By: Precious Lesupi

Scientists aall over the world have expressed a growing concern regarding the rapidly rising temperatures from the Arctic.

On Saturday June 27th in the Siberia town of Verkhoyansk in Russia had a thermometer recording of 38 degrees Celsius / 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the World Meteorological Organization said that the temperature reading would be a record for the north region of the Arctic Circle. These increasing temperatures have been linked to the thawing of the permafrost as well as wildfires that grow larger and more severe every year.

The European Union’s Earth Observation Programme mentioned that, while fires are common at this time of the year, record temperatures and strong winds are making the issue quite worrying. The Aviation Forest Protection Agency in Yakutia has thus far reported 127 natural wildfires across 822,724 hectares.

Firefighters have been working to save the rural settlements in eight districts that recorded temperatures of about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for almost a week. The Arctic continues to be on fire, literally and figuratively mainly as a response to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Russian President, Vladimir Putin has ordered a state of emergency to deal with the disaster.

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