Fanning the flames: Huge areas of the Arctic are on fire

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Fanning the flames: Huge areas of the Arctic are on fire

Aug 07, 2019 15:20 IST

Large areas of the Arctic are ablaze as incidents of wildfires reach unprecedented levels, satellite images show. According to the EU Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS), these Arctic wildfires have emitted as much carbon dioxide in June as produced by Sweden in an entire year! In Alaska, summer temperatures reached 32 degree Celsius against the average. In parts of Siberia, June temperatures were almost 10 degrees higher than the long-term average. Globally, past four years have been the hottest ever recorded, according to NASA.