Australian news, and some related international items

Unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic release huge CO2 to the atmosphere

Telegraph 27th July 2019 An unprecedented outbreak of wildfires in the Arctic has sent smoke across
Eurasia and released more carbon dioxide in two months than the Czech
Republic or Belgium does in a year.

As 44C heatwaves struck Europe,
scientists observed more than 100 long-lasting, intense fires in the Arctic
in June, the hottest month on record, and are seeing even more in July,
according to Mark Parrington of the European Centre for Medium-Range
Weather Forecasts.

Mostly in Alaska and Russia, the infernos have
collectively released more than 120 million tonnes of CO2, more than the
annual output of most countries. It is the most carbon emitted since
satellite monitoring began in the early 2000s. This will further exacerbate
climate change and has sent smoke pouring toward more populated parts of
the world. Pollutants can persist more than a month in the atmosphere and
spread thousands of kilometres.

July 29, 2019 - Posted by | General News

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