Image from  The Royal Society, Philosophical Transactions B  (A) shows a burned area (B) shows same area before the fire

Breaking news! Fire melts permafrost.

From the department of Obvious Science, the “Surface Albedo Collective” and the University of Alaska comes this stunner of a press release. Research links tundra fires, thawing permafrost UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS Wildfires on Arctic tundra can contribute to widespread permafrost thaw much like blazes in forested areas, according to a study published in the…

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Arctic sea ice melt may have turned the corner

We haven’t spent much time looking at Arctic Sea Ice this year, partly because I’ve rather lost interest in it as any sort of climatic indicator. This year’s melt seems similar to 2011 according to the comparison graph provided by Japan’s  National Institute of Polar Research. Source: https://ads.nipr.ac.jp/vishop/vishop-extent.html?N The DMI graph also seems to indicate that…