UK Met Office report: Siberian prolonged heat is almost impossible without climate change. Russian town of Verkhoyansk experienced new record temp for the Arctic (38°C) on 20 June.
Siberia’s prolonged extreme temperatures would only happen less than once in every 80,000 years without human-induced climate change!
The heat in Siberia has triggered widespread fires:
- 1.15 million hectares were burning in late June
- releasing about 56 million tonnes of CO2
- flames pumping smoke and ash high into the atmosphere
- speeding up melting of permafrost
- oil tank built on the frozen soil collapsed in May, leading to one of the worst oil spills ever in the region
- heat has been linked to an outbreak of silk moths, whose larvae eat conifer trees.
We can all expect to see extreme temperatures more frequently around the world in a warming global climate.
Read more details in press statement released by UK Met Office on July 15th: bit.ly/39dIpOn