Smoky ‘Zombies’ In The Arctic!

Recently, the world has endured tough times. From economic losses to the pandemic to natural disasters…
2020 has not exactly been an easy year. 

Now, scientist are seeing another catastrophic threat called Zombie Fires caused by warm and snowless winters in the Arctic regions releasing colossal amounts of harmful carbon emissions!

What exactly are Zombie Fires?
? Zombie fires or holdover fires are fires that continue to burn underground during the winter even after the surface fires are put off and then reignite on the surface after a period of time.
? They usually start when the permafrost (frozen soil bound together with frozen water) melts causing highly flammable gases to be released, which in turn makes the fires move underground from the surface.
? When it gets warmer towards spring, these fires rise and come to the surface and start their reign of terror there.

Watch ‘Zombie’ fires below (Credit: Dynamic Feeds)

 

 

Global Warming:
? Zombie fires are extremely hard to put out and are harmful to our beloved planet because of the dangerous levels of carbon emissions coming from both – the burning vegetation and the peat.
? Peat is found under the snow, and is a natural store for CO2.
? CO2 and methane are both greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming causing the ice to melt.
? Peat also stores oxygen, and this is one of the main reasons the fire can stay alive, as wildfires needs oxygen to thrive.

Fire Facts:
❗️Wildfires are very hard to contain. Zombie fires are the worst of them and tend to spread more in cold climates like the Arctic circle.
‼️ Just like zombies, these fires can disappear and burn below the ground making them challenging to detect as they reappear in a totally different area. 

Climate Change:
⚡️Research shows that climate change is one of the main reasons for zombie fires.
⚡️The warmer climate is conducive to more thunderstorms causing frequent lightning strikes, which in turn ignite these fires.

Quite literally in this case, there’s no smoke without a fire!

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