Polar Ice Caps Can Only Be Saved If We Harness The Sun

June 22, 2020 3 min read

Polar Ice Caps Can Only Be Saved If We Harness The Sun

Climate change is causing extreme weather across the globe. When most of us think of extreme weather, we imagine polar ice caps melting and polar bears stranded on ever-shrinking surfaces.

A recent heatwave has struck one very unlikely place: Siberia. Here's what CBS News has to say about the scorching weather:

Alarming heat scorched Siberia on Saturday as the small town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above the normal high temperature. If verified, this is likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in Siberia and also the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle, which begins at 66.5°N.
The town is 3,000 miles east of Moscow and further north than even Fairbanks, Alaska. On Friday, the city of Caribou, Maine, tied an all-time record at 96 degrees Fahrenheit and was once again well into the 90s on Saturday. To put this into perspective, the city of Miami, Florida, has only reached 100 degrees one time since the city began keeping temperature records in 1896.
Verkhoyansk is typically one of the coldest spots on Earth. This past November, the area reached nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, one of the first spots to drop that low in the winter of 2019-2020. The scene below is certainly more characteristic of eastern Siberia.
Reaching 100 degrees in or near the Arctic is almost unheard of. Although the reading is questionable, back in 1915 the town of Fort Yukon, Alaska, not quite as far north as Verkhoyansk, is reported to have reached near 100 degrees. And in 2010 a town a few miles south of the Arctic circle in Russia reached 100.
As a result of the hot-dry conditions right now, numerous fires rage nearby, and smoke is visible for thousands of miles on satellite images.

The cause of unusually higher temperatures is due to a combination of natural weather patterns and human-caused climate change. The weather pattern at fault is an incredibly stubborn ridge of high pressure; a dome of heat that goes upward through the atmosphere. The heat is forecast to remain in place for at least the next week, putting temperatures easily into the 90s in eastern Siberia.

 

This heatwave is not an isolated weather pattern. Last summer, a village in northern Sweden on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle, hit nearly 95 degrees. Warming and drying of the landscape is leading to unprecedented Arctic fires, with 2019 being the worst summer fire season on record

 

Due to greenhouse gases that result from the burning of fossil fuels and feedback loops, the Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on teh globe. The phenomenon is called Arctic Amplification, causing a decline of sea ice due to rapidly warming temperatures. 

 

Sea ice volume has decreased by 50 percent over the last four decades. With less white ice and darker ocean and land areas, there is less light reflected and more is absorbed, creating a feedback loop and heating the area disproportionately.

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