Wildfires have been much more intense this year and things are only becoming worse. Where as normally a wildfire would strike a dry hot region it is blaring across an icy cold surface.
At this time officials are unsure as to what started the fire, it appears to be made up of multiple blazes happening in the tundra on the coast of the country. Experts believe this could be blamed on climate change and I agree. Just before the fires began seemingly high temperatures of 12 degrees were recorded in the area. All of the dead plant matter that would normally be hidden away in permafrost is on fire as the frost has been melting thanks to these terrifying warming temperatures.
This year has been interesting for Greenland as it has seen more fires now than any other year previously recorded, and the year still has ways to go.. First detected by satellites on July 31st it seems thousands of acres of land have been affected. Low lying sturdy vegetation on the edges of the coast appear to be fueling this fire well.
Lhermitte suggests that it could be possible that the latest wildfire began with a spark of lightning but there is no way to know for sure at this time. the Arctic itself is warming much faster than anywhere else on this planet. These new fires show the impacts of global warming go much further than just melting ice and an increase in the sea levels.This fire is damaging reindeer grazing grounds and areas around them are thawing. Global warming is causing serious issues and things are only going to get worse,
What do you think about all of this? We can only hope that these fires are put out soon and that a solution to this is found and actually carried out globally.
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