Arctic To Melt And Burn

One data point is a trend!

Arctic fires may accelerate global warming
environment reporter Sarah Clarke
Posted July 28, 2011 09:26:08

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MAP: Russian Federation
A study has found fires in the Arctic are on the rise, which could accelerate global warming.

Research published in the journal Nature shows that as global temperatures rise, the Arctic will not be spared, and fires like these may become more common and more severe.

This organic-rich landscape is highly flammable but also has the capacity to store large amounts of carbon.

The study reveals how a single fire can rapidly change the carbon balance of the region and instead of storing emissions, it can emit large amounts into the atmosphere.

Fires in the Arctic region are rare events, but in 2007 a wildfire destroyed about 1,000 square kilometres on the Arctic North Slopes in Alaska.

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4 Responses to Arctic To Melt And Burn

  1. Dave N says:

    “The scientists found a distinct correlation between higher temperatures and fire.”


    Note how they didn’t say whether they found that there was an increase in the number of wildfires. Well, I guess there was an increase in the last 4999 years, of 1.

  2. Jimash says:

    Arctic fires, tropical glaciers, desert flooding, dogs and cats sleeping together, armageddon !

  3. gator69 says:

    I don’t think you guys understand the danger, it is realated to all the radio collars used to track wildlife, and of course the extreme heat of the Arctic…

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