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Hickok writes: "An intense heat wave is fueling wildfires across an enormous swath of northern Europe, with at least 11 fires raging within the Arctic Circle, reported The Guardian."

A fire vehicle is seen as fire burns in Karbole, Sweden, on July 15, 2018. The unusually hot and dry weather is helping fuel dozens of fires in the country. (photo: Mats Andersson/Getty Images)
A fire vehicle is seen as fire burns in Karbole, Sweden, on July 15, 2018. The unusually hot and dry weather is helping fuel dozens of fires in the country. (photo: Mats Andersson/Getty Images)


Arctic Circle Burns as Record Heat Broils Northern Europe

By Kimberly Hickok, Live Science

21 July 18

 

n intense heat wave is fueling wildfires across an enormous swath of northern Europe, with at least 11 fires raging within the Arctic Circle, reported The Guardian.

Sweden is the worst-hit country, with at least 40 fires burning as of Wednesday, Time reported.

Multiple communities have been evacuated, and thousands of people have been directed to stay indoors with their vents and windows closed to avoid harmful smoke inhalation.

"This is definitely the worst year in recent times for forest fires," Mike Peacock, a university researcher and local resident, told The Guardian. "Whilst we get them every year, 2018 is shaping up to be excessive," he said. [Wildfires Blaze in Northern California (Photos)]

European officials have stated that the risk of more fires continues as long as temperatures stay above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) — and that such warm weather is in the forecast for the coming days. Several Arctic-area locations have experienced record-high temperatures this year. Helsinki hit 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) for the first time in eight years, and the northernmost city in Finland, Utsjoki, experienced an all-time record high this summer of 92 degrees F (33.3 degrees C), The Weather Channel reported.

Climate scientists have said that the Arctic and other areas that once experienced very little fire activity are becoming more vulnerable to wildfires, The Guardian reported.

"What we're seeing with this global heat wave is that these areas of fire susceptibility are now broadening, with the moors [open land] in northwest England and now these Swedish fires a consequence of that," Vincent Gauci, a professor of global climate change ecology at The Open University in the United Kingdom, told The Guardian. "When such carbon-dense ecosystems experience aridity and heat and there is a source of ignition — lightening or people — fires will happen," said Gauci.


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+4 # chapdrum 2018-07-21 14:52
This will make TrumPutin antics look like child's play.
 
 
+2 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-07-22 12:59
TrumPutin antics just a different sign of the same disease that is leading us toward abrupt climate change: greed, the "money power," as it has been since the pharaohs.

Time to embrace social democracy now: For the People and By the People.
 
 
+4 # bardphile 2018-07-22 00:31
Last on the feed, maybe the most distressing.
 
 
+9 # VeggieRich@gmail.com 2018-07-22 03:14
Here are some key reasons we should all be concerned about climate change:

1. Science academies worldwide, 97% of climate scientists, and 99.9% of peer-reviewed papers on the issue in respected scientific journals argue that climate change is real, is largely caused by human activities, and poses great threats to humanity. All 195 nations at the December 2015 Paris climate change conference agreed that immediate steps must be taken to combat climate change.
2.Every decade since the 1970s has been warmer than the previous decade and all of the 17 warmest years since temperature records were kept in 1880 have been since 1998. 2016 is the warmest year globally since 1880, when temperature records were first kept, breaking the record held before by 2015 and previously by 2014, meaning we now have had three consecutive years of record temperatures..
3. Polar icecaps and glaciers worldwide have been melting rapidly, faster than scientific projections. This has caused an increase elevation in oceans worldwide with the potential for major flooding.
4. There has been an increase in the number and severity of droughts, wildfires, storms, and floods.
5. California has been subjected to so many severe climate events (heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and mudslides when heavy rains occur) recently that its governor, Jerry Brown, stated that, “Humanity is on a collision course with nature.” California serves as an example of how climate change can wreak havoc.
 
 
+6 # DongiC 2018-07-22 04:02
While Trump fiddles the earth burns. NB The trumpster doesn't even notice the flames!
 
 
+7 # ddd-rrr 2018-07-22 06:33
I live not far from the Canadian border, and at, or near, large and deep lakes
that normally moderate temperatures here -- and we have been experiencing
close to 100 degrees F. often lately, a normally unusual thing here.
Since we live in a woods, I now worry about fire.

Some of us (too few, apparently) do understand that climate change is real,
and that its existence does have serious consequences -- ones that
are even more important than increased numbers of fires!
 
 
+8 # chrisconno 2018-07-22 10:09
Trump twitters while Earth burns.
 
 
+1 # AZerbst 2018-07-22 22:22
Here comes the methane! Tell your Venusian friends the party's right here!
 

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