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Available Expert - Wildfires rage above Arctic Circle in Sweden

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Queen’s University wildfire expert Ed Struzik is available for comment on wildfires currently raging in northern Sweden, and the more frequent occurrence of fires in polar regions of the world – including Canada.

"Fires have been burning bigger, hotter and more often,” says Mr. Struzik. “The fires in northern Sweden demonstrate that no place, including the circumpolar Arctic is immune to the future effects of fire. Blame it on climate change, and an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean, which is driving fire-friendly weather patterns in ways we are only beginning to understand.”

Mr. Struzik is a leading arctic researcher who has studied the effects of climate change on the Canadian Arctic for over 35 years. Recently, his book Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future was named winner of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada annual book awards.

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