We Don’t Want to Alarm Anyone, But a Large Area of Greenland is on Fire Right Now

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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.

RWC News We Don’t Want to Alarm Anyone, But a Large Area of Greenland is on Fire Right Now

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. According to Stef Lhermitte from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as reported by Gizmodo the current fire is the biggest one recorded by satellites since the year 2000. First detected by NASA 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.

RWC News We Don’t Want to Alarm Anyone, But a Large Area of Greenland is on Fire Right Now  RWC News We Don’t Want to Alarm Anyone, But a Large Area of Greenland is on Fire Right Now

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. It seems without rain these fires may continue on for a good while. 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, 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.

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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Shelby Maydfunov
I have been reporting for RWC News for 2 years now. I am the daughter of parents legally immigrated here from Russia 41 years ago. I am 27 years old.

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