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Sunday, July 18, 2021

The name for assist lit up villagers' telephones at 7:42 on a muggy and painfully smoky night on Siberia's fast-warming permafrost expanse. "We urgently ask all men to come to the town hall at 8," learn the WhatsApp message from the mayor's office. "The fire has reached the highway."

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...They endure the coldest winters exterior Antarctica with little grievance. But lately, summer season temperatures in the Russian Arctic have gone as excessive as 100 levels, feeding monumental blazes that thaw what was as soon as completely frozen floor.

Last year, wildfires scorched greater than 60,000 sq. miles of forest and tundra, an space the measurement of Florida. That is greater than 4 occasions the space that burned in the United States throughout its devastating 2020 hearth season. This year, greater than 30,000 sq. miles have already burned in Russia, in accordance with authorities statistics, with the area solely two weeks into its peak hearth season.

Scientists say that the big fires have been made potential by the extraordinary summer season warmth lately in northern Siberia, which has been warming quicker than simply about another a part of the world. And the impression could also be felt removed from Siberia. The fires might doubtlessly speed up local weather change by releasing monumental portions of greenhouse gases and destroying Russia's huge boreal forests, which soak up carbon out of the ambiance.

Last year, the record-setting fires in the distant Siberian area of Yakutia launched roughly as a lot carbon dioxide as did all the gas consumption in Mexico in 2018, in accordance with Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service in Reading, England.

Now, Yakutia -- a area 4 occasions the measurement of Texas, with its personal tradition and Turkic language -- is burning once more....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-18 11:13 AM | Reply

"This is not a phase, this is not a cycle " this is the approach of the end of the world," Mr. Solomonov stated. "Mankind will die out, and the era of the dinosaurs will come."

That seems a bit contradictory, no? If the era of the dinosaurs come again, then that would fit the definition of a cycle.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-18 09:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

There will be no more dinosaurs, that's not how evolution works.
There are no precursor critters that would lead to dinosaurs right now.

BUT, he is right that humanity is headed for self-extinction. And I say
self, because we are truly doing it to ourselves. The era of Fossil Fuels
MUST end. Even if it means things come to a sort of a standstill for the
next 5-10 years or so.

The technology is there to replace it, indeed, to prevent much of a lull at all.
But the government (Republicans + Manchin) are too caught up in the grasp
of the Fossil Fuel Lobby to allow or implement it.

Call it, 'Death by Greed and Lack of Vision'...

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-07-19 07:19 AM | Reply

Look, global warming isn't going to cause human extinction.

It is going to usher in some monumental changes and likely cause a massive loss of life around the world and tens of trillions in damages. And we should expect to see massive animal extinctions.

Sadly it is something we could have easily contained if we wanted to.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-07-19 10:20 AM | Reply

Curiously translated indeed... It's like they threw it in Google Translate although I could figure out what they were saying even though the words really had no relevance in many cases.

I have thought for a while it would interesting to visit Yakutsk - in the summer. The stories I have read about building the highway to Yakutsk and other things are very intriguing. Tragic what is happening there and elsewhere. I won't be visiting Russia anytime soon though...

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-07-19 11:03 AM | Reply

"I won't be visiting Russia anytime soon though..."

Same here, sadly. I really want to do the Trans-Siberian. (NH)

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-19 11:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are no precursor critters that would lead to dinosaurs right now.

Do you know what a "raptor" is?

#7 | Posted by boaz at 2021-07-19 11:44 AM | Reply

Birds are dinosaurish... I think they could evolve back... just as the manatees did in order to return to the water.

The earth knows precisely what it needs.

We are but cooties on this little blue dirtball spinning in space.

#8 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-07-19 01:00 PM | Reply

Yes boaz, you can't win this, I have a degree in Geology.
Birds are descended from Dinosaurs. It doesn't work in reverse.

See. This is the difference between knowing how science (in this
case Evolution) works, and in guessing or speculating on how it works.

#9 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-07-19 01:10 PM | Reply

And as to the guy above saying, 'this won't end in the
extinction of humanity', while (hopefully) still unlikely,
it still very well could. If blue-green algae in the ocean
were to bite it, or even to die off in vast numbers,
(via increased temps and salinity of the ocean waters, due to
warming), O2 levels on the planet could drop by quite a bit,
and THAT would be game over for most Aerobic (oxygen breathing)
lifeforms.

it HAS happened in the past. Where O2 levels have dropped, though
mostly, these were localized events.

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-07-19 01:15 PM | Reply

"blue-green algae in the ocean"

[Phytoplankton] account for about half of global photosynthetic activity and about half of the oxygen production, despite amounting to only about 1% of the global plant biomass.

We should stop -------- and where we get our oxygen from.

But that would be bad for business, and Republicans don't trust science.

So, despite the obvious lack of diversification in our biological needs portfolio,

Happy Extinction!

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-19 01:27 PM | Reply

The world has frozen over so many times, maybe we are on the path to that and nothing we do could help. But we should try anyways to reverse the greenhouse effect we are contributing to for sure.
Never know but one thing is a fact... change is always on its way.

#12 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-07-19 03:11 PM | Reply

The bear in the room that no on wants to talk about is that Russians were studying how to deliberately melt the Arctic ice cap in the 20th century, and they're still doing all kinds of dubious stuff up there, some of it involving nuclear waste.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-19 04:40 PM | Reply

Yes boaz, you can't win this, I have a degree in Geology.
Birds are descended from Dinosaurs. It doesn't work in reverse.

I'll win what I want.

You know, it's idiots like you who are making our discourse in humankind so bad. You want so bad to be the smartest in the room about any subject and to pound your chest. And even if you are an "expert" at a given subject, you twist your knowledge to one ideology.

To me, you are the dumbest ------------ in the room.

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2021-07-20 08:20 AM | Reply

Damn you, Earthmuse! You and all your little "facts!"

"Also you're lousy at twisting reality to an ideology. Hold my beer."

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2021-07-20 08:33 AM | Reply

Thanks Boaz. Coming from you and your 'raging intellect',
that really means a lot...

#16 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-07-20 08:42 AM | Reply

it HAS happened in the past. Where O2 levels have dropped, though
mostly, these were localized events.
#10 | POSTED BY EARTHMUSE

I don't think it's common knowledge that all the oxygen in our atmosphere is a by-product of life itself.

Before the first photosynthetic organisms, there was approximately 0% oxygen in the atmosphere.

Over the past billion years or so, photosynthetic organisms, also known as primary producers, have changed the climate so dramatically that oxygen breathing animals were able to evolve.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-20 12:54 PM | Reply

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