Siberia, The Newest Hot Spot

Siberia, The Newest Hot Spot, has been heating up about 300% faster than the rest of the planet, according to NASA, reports Andrew Breiner at Climate Progress.  It has been another abnormally hot summer in Siberia. This July temperatures rose to 90 degrees F, and didn’t drop much below a high of 80 until early August. Meanwhile, potentially record-breaking wildfires continue to rage, with the 2013 season approaching 2012’s record of 74 million acres burned, well above the 50 million average from 2000 to 2008. High temperatures are becoming more frequent, and an important factor in Siberia’s historic fires. Fires are burning further north than usual as well, into the dense evergreen forest known as the “taiga” that usually remains safe from fire. Although the whole planet is warming, Russia has seen it happen particularly quickly, “about .51°C per decade compared to about .17°C globally,” according to NASA. Siberia’s heat wave and fires join many other extreme weather events across the globe this summer. The US alone has seen deadly heat waves, record high temperatures in Alaska, prolonged and severe drought, and the unprecedented burning of the American west.


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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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