Number of fires in Arctic to increase

Number of fires in Arctic to increase

April 13, 2021

Scientists predict that in the coming years, due to global warming, lightning in the Arctic will appear twice as often.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This could dramatically increase the number of fires in the region, according to the study by Californian scientists, which was published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

Climatologists have analyzed data on outbursts on the Earth’s surface in the polar regions of Russia, the United States and Canada over the past 20 years. The computer model showed that if greenhouse gas emissions grow at the same rate as now, then by the end of the century lightning will occur 2.5 times more often in the tundra, and 85 percent more often in the taiga.

Scientists have made the assumption that this will lead to an increase in the number of fires in forests and tundra, and this in turn will contribute to an increase in temperatures in the Arctic. The researchers believe that this information should be taken into account when predicting global warming and how climate change will affect the circumpolar territories this century.

Earlier we wrote that ‘sleeping giants’ – methane deposits began to thaw in the Arctic.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

April 13, 2021

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