The thawing permafrost soil in Siberia poses many risks
In May, temperatures in Siberia reached up to 35 degrees
Viruses and bacteria thaw with the permafrostbiden and could be released to bring back old diseases that have long been considered to be extinct. In addition, a great deal of methane is released, which further accelerates global warming. .
Why is the year 2020 so crucial for the climate?
We're gonna miss our last chance if we don't act now.
A very good contribution by Prof. Will Steffen from Australia provides answers. The contribution was translated into German by a team of volunteers in cooperation with the Sientists for Future. The difference between 2 degrees and 4 degrees warming is life or death.
Just 5000 years ago, the Sahara was green
Climatic changes have turned the Sahara into a desert. More detailed connections are explained very well in the appended sources.
30 degrees in Siberia and sheep cold in the Sahara
The reason for this is a polar jet, which has come to a standstill at the moment. Unlike normal, at the moment cold air is carried far south and warm air far north.
On Norway's coast a landslide tears down 8 houses
The cause of the landslide is the sudden onset of thawing weather and an abrupt rise in temperature from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius.
This May was the warmest in the world since records began
According to data from the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme
These records started in 1979, and in parts of Siberia it was even 10 degrees warmer. It was much warmer in Alaska and Antarctica. The CO2 concentration also reports new records, at the Zugspitze 418 ppm in March 2020, which is 3 ppm more than in March 2019.
Oil spill in Russia
Last change: Isolde Moussot 05.06.2020
21,000 tons of oil ran into a river. The causes are still being investigated. Update: The reason for oil spills is the thawing of the permafrost soil. A lintel of the oil tank has given way because of the softened soil.
25 degrees at the polar circle and danger of frost in Germany
The warm air from Spain reaches the Arctic Circle. To compensate, cold air from the Arctic Circle comes to Germany and causes the danger of frost at Whitsun.
Renewed forest fires in Siberia
5600 fires reported nationwide, 250 buildings burned
35 degrees in Siberia
These are record values
Large parts of Russia are affected, from the Urals to the Republic of Tuva. Furthermore, the number of ticks in Krasnoyarsk south of the city has increased 200 times.
More and more soil turns into wasteland every year
More than 30 % of the world's soils are affected, with an additional 10 million hectares being added each year.
One third of pasture land and a quarter of all arable land and forests worldwide are affected. Biodiversity and thus life in the soil is also threatened. As a result, the regeneration of the soil is also at risk.
30 degrees in Siberia
May 2020 is 10 degrees warmer than average in Siberia
The drought causes devastating forest fires and the permafrost soil thaws. Both exacerbate the climate crisis.