The deadly wildfires that took place in the Arctic region in June have released record-breaking pollution, the highest in 18 years. Here is what we know. By Amitha Ameen

 

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The northernmost hemisphere of the earth, the Arctic, experienced deadly wildfires all through the month of June and has resulted in the release of a whopping 60-million-metric ton of carbon dioxide, record-breaking pollution.

These deadly fires increased pollution levels up to nine times — more than what it was in 2018 — and, have resulted in recording the highest pollution level since 2003. This shows the alarmingly accelerated level at which one of our coldest regions on planet Earth is warming up.

Forest fires have been one of the most catastrophic events that take place on our planet, destroying thousands of green patches, that result in skyrocketing pollution levels and loss of habitat for wildlife. According to a report on European Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, this wildfire is the deadliest the region has ever seen and was even visible from space.

According to theย New York Times, the pollution levels were far higher than what the entire country of Norway, an oil-producing nation, produces in a year. Earlier in June, we had already witnessed an unusually alarming heatwave in the town of Verkhoyanks in Siberia, where temperatures hit an all-time high of 38-degrees Celsius.

Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told the Washington Post that they expected the Arctic region to change faster than the rest of the planet, but that they never expected such fast changes.

Global warming has long been a heated topic that authorities and world leaders have had debates about. Although, there have been many changes made in the right direction it is not enough for the rate at which the phenomenon is occurring.

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