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Arctic Wildfires

Arctic Wildfires 4 September 2020

Arctic wildfires set new record for carbon emissions as ‘warmer and drier conditions’ hit the region (via Evening Standard)

By Imogen Braddick

Summer wildfires in the Arctic have put record amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, experts have warned.

Carbon emissions from this year’s wildfires burning in the Arctic Circle have already outstripped 2019’s record levels, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) said.

Scientists from the service, which is run by the European Centre for Medium–Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission, monitor wildfire activity across the world.

This year’s carbon emissions are the highest for the region in data going back to 2003, it said.

They have estimated that carbon dioxide emissions from the Arctic Circle from the beginning of the year were 244 million tonnes, up by a third on the 181 million tonnes for the whole of 2019.

Most of the increase in wildfires has been in Russia‘s Sakha Republic, which falls partly within the Arctic Circle, with millions of acres of land damaged, scientists said.

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