By : Marwa Mahmoud
Scientists have expressed grave concern about the dramatic rise in degrees in the Arctic, and the new threats that poses to the rest of the planet.
The thermometer set a potential record of 38 degrees Celsius in the Russian Arctic town of Verkhoyansk on Saturday, a temperature that could cause a person to have a fever, not to mention that it is occurring in Siberia, which is famous for its ice.
The World Meteorological Organization said it was looking to verify that temperature, which would be unprecedented in the area of north Arctic Circle.
“The Arctic is literally burning, the heat there is rising much faster than we thought in response to high levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” said Jonathan Overbeek, a climate scientist and dean of the University of Michigan School of the Environment. “This warming leads to a rapid collapse and an increase in Forests fires.”
In a written statement, he told the Associated Press that “the rise of temperature in Siberia is a warning sign with great proportions.”
Temperatures have risen this year in most parts of Siberia, where the average temperature in the center-north of that region increased from January to May by about 8 degrees Celsius, according to the Berkeley Earth Climate Organization.
“These are a very high scores, much greater than ever in that region during that period of time ,” said Zikki Hosfather, a climate scientist at the organization.
It should be noted that the name Siberia was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording maximum temperatures, as it is the place where the temperature swung 106 degrees Celsius, from minus 68 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius now.