Can we get a break from the photos so I can chill out on this Caturday? It’s exhausting to be “on” all the time! #veryevolved #LilBroDar
#DandRDoScience: I know this week was supposed to be about the South Pole, but we need to talk about the fires burning the northernmost areas of our planet. Let’s start with the ones in the Arctic. The Arctic is known for its icy expanses, frozen tundra, and massive floating glaciers. Not blazing wildfires. But in the midst of a record-breaking summer heat, the Arctic is burning. Last month, megafires razed the northernmost parts of Russia and Greenland. In Alaska, meanwhile, 2.4 million acres of forest have burned this year. In June and July, plumes from the Swan Lake fire engulfed Anchorage. Amid the smoke on July 4, the city experienced its hottest day in recorded history: 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). These blazes were big enough to be seen from space: On July 24, colossal pillars of smoke were visible above Russia, Alaska, and Greenland simultaneously. As of today, parts of British Columbia, Canada and Alaska are still burning, while more than 13.5 million acres of Siberia are ablaze. Individual wildfires and heat waves can't be directly linked to climate change, but accelerated warming increases their likelihood, size, and frequency. July was the hottest month ever recorded, period. The month prior, meanwhile, was the hottest June ever in Earth's history, with temperatures nearly 20 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Two heat waves hit Europe, killing dozens.
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