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Almost All Arctic Wildfires Producing Record CO2 Emissions Are in Russia – EU

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Almost All Arctic Wildfires Producing Record CO2 Emissions Are in Russia – EU

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9/3/20
This year's Arctic Circle wildfires, still ablaze, have already surpassed the record set in 2019 for CO2 emissions, adding to the carbon pollution humanity needs to curtail, the European Union's Earth observation program said Thursday. Uncontrolled forest fires across one of the planet's coldest regions has sent a quarter of a billion tonnes of CO2 spiraling into the atmosphere since January this year, topping by more than a third the total for 2019, according to satellite data. The Arctic Circle includes latitudes upwards of 66 degrees North. Almost all of the fires are in Russia, the EU's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts jointly reported. Russia's Eastern Federal District, which includes parts of the Arctic Circle, emitted more than half-a-billion tonnes of CO2 from June to August 2020, also the highest amount to date. "The Arctic fires burning since mid-June with high activity have already beaten 2019's record in terms of scale and intensity," said CAMS senior scientist Mark Parrington.

While satellite images do not reveal how these fires start, many of the blazes early in the summer are thought to have been caused by "zombie" fires that smolder through the winter and then reignite, he said. Freakishly warm weather across large swathes of Siberia since January combined with low soil moisture — likely consequences of global warming — have fueled the flames. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who heads up WWF's climate and energy work, said it was clear that the planet was facing an "emergency". "We need a cohesive global response to limit the worst impacts of climate change, and to help improve public health and protect the places we live," he said. "Current commitments by governments to fight climate change are completely inadequate, and could lead to an Arctic that is 10 degrees Celsius warmer than it is today."

With temperatures in Siberia and the Arctic Circle rapidly increasing, Moscow needs to significantly up its game in fighting fires in these areas.
 

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Moscow needs to significantly up its game in fighting fires in these areas.

What for?

Without more clear land they cannot grow more potatoes. Without more potatoes they cannot produce really ****ty bathtub quality vodka. Without all that terrible vodka they cannot supply their contingent of internet trolls and disinformation crews.

What will the world do?!?! Will someone think of the Russian Army misfits incapable of firing an AK-47?!?! Damnit!
 

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'Almost All Arctic Wildfires Producing Record CO2 Emissions Are in Russia – EU'


No kidding - that'll be because the majority of Arctic land area in the world is in Russia :)



PS Did you know that 100% of Australian wildfires are in Australia?
 

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'Almost All Arctic Wildfires Producing Record CO2 Emissions Are in Russia – EU'

No kidding - that'll be because the majority of Arctic land area in the world is in Russia

Maybe you should alert the Kremlin. They don't seem to know this factoid.
 

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