The Arctic, the land of ice and polar bears, is burning. Since the start of June, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) has tracked over 100 “intense and long-lived” wildfires in the Arctic Circle.
Indeed, global warming has caused Arctic temperatures to rise at a much quicker rate than the global average, creating conditions conducive to wildfires. They were even so massive that they could be seen from space, with giant plumes of smoke rising from parts of Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, and Canada. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this past June was Earth’s warmest June on record.