35°C Heatwave in Siberia!

The heatwave in Siberia is extremely worrying:

“One of the coldest regions on Earth has been experiencing a record-breaking heat wave in recent weeks amid growing fears about devastating wildfires and melting permafrost.” – says NBC News on 29 May 2020.    Also:  ” Fires burned huge areas in the region last year and, at its peak, smoke engulfed an area larger than the whole European Union, the World Meteorological Organization reported.  “Russia’s coldest region has just experienced a winter heatwave, with an early start to summer seeing temperatures hit 35°C. Much of Siberia experienced temperatures well above average for the period from June 2019 to May 2020,….” – World Economic Forum 18 June 2020

When the tundra melts it allows methane gas trapped in the ice for millennia to escape into the atmosphere. In the case of last summer and this summer the methane has/is causing wildfires which in turn give off greenhouse gases. However the story is even worse than that as methane has a more devastating effect on global warming than carbon dioxide. It is many times more potent than CO2 and although methane in the atmosphere has a shorter lifespan,  long-term effects of continuing release of methane is/will have a dramatic effect on global temperatures.  This short video graphically demonstrated the effect: 

 

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