How Are Polar Heatwaves Affecting the Earth?

Recent record-breaking heatwaves in the Arctic and Antarctic have escalated the melting of polar ice. Scientists are worried because melting polar ice causes sea levels to rise. A study from Nature Communications predicts that by 2050 rising sea levels will displace 150million people from their homes, and another 300million will be vulnerable to flooding.

Antarctic Heatwave

The Concordia research station in the Antarctic recorded temperatures as high as -12.2°C; this temperature is almost 40°C higher than the seasonal average. The heatwave has been mainly attributed to an atmospheric river phenomenon. Which occurs when trapped moisture amasses above a landmass and accumulates heat. Scientists believe this phenomenon will occur more often and harsher if greenhouse gas emissions (Methane & Co2) are not reduced.

Arctic Heatwave

As the Arctic is entering the spring season, a heatwave is not uncommon. However, scientists are still worried as temperatures near the north pole reached as high as 3.3°C; this temperature is 30°C above-average temperatures. Another study from Geophysical Research Letters concluded that recent Arctic heatwaves have become more widespread, frequent, and prolonged.

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If GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) continue to rise, melting polar ice and rising sea levels will reach a critical point of no return. A significant contributor to GHG emissions in Canada come from burning natural gas for heating and electricity. Borrum Energy Solutions’ Anorra microgeneration wind turbine can reduce your rural dwelling’s natural gas usage, thus cutting your home’s GHG emissions.


Sources used:

Geographic Research Letters

Live Science 

University of Winnipeg

Kulp S.A, Strauss, B.H

Associated Press