Wildfires in the Arctic cause huge spike in carbon emissions


The Arctic region is heating twice as fast as the rest of the world and ‘zombie fires’ released 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide in June alone

Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos in June.

Arctic fires emitted 16.3-million tonnes of carbon — or about 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide — last month. That’s the highest since at least 2003 and almost nine times more than the same month in 2018, according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). The previous June record was registered in 2019, when fires were the worst on record.