These NASA Images Show Siberia Burning Up

These NASA Images Show Siberia Burning Up

SOURCE: Climate Central DATE: June 28, 2017 SNIP: Siberian wildfire season is off and running with multiple blazes searing the boreal forest and tundra. It’s the latest example of the vast shifts happening to the forests that cover Siberia and the rest of the northern tier of the world as climate change alters the landscape. Those forests are burning at a rate unheard of in at least 10,000 years due largely to rising temperatures. They contain vast reserves of carbon stored in trees and soil and when they burn, they send that carbon into the atmosphere. That creates a dangerous cycle of more severe wildfires and ever rising temperatures. Image: A satellite image captured on June 23, 2017 shows the extent of wildfires burning across Siberia. Credit: NASA Earth...
The Rapid and Startling Decline Of World’s Vast Boreal Forests

The Rapid and Startling Decline Of World’s Vast Boreal Forests

SOURCE: Yale Environment 360 DATE: October 12, 2015 AUTHOR: Jim Robbins SNIP: Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of the huge boreal forest that spans from Scandinavia to northern Canada. Unprecedented warming in the region is jeopardizing the future of a critical ecosystem that makes up nearly a third of the earth’s forest cover. … The boreal is also home to some 5 billion birds. Many species have shifted their ranges north. “Climate change is having an impact much more quickly than we thought,” said Jeff Wells, a senior scientist with the International Boreal Campaign who focuses on birds. “Shifts that researchers thought would take place over 50 or a hundred years have taken place over a...