Record Greenland Melt Got Boost From Forest Fires


According to a new Dartmouth study, record-high temperatures and soot from forest fires in Siberia and North America caused nearly all of the surface ice in Greenland to melt in 2012, reports LiveScience.

The study’s findings, the article notes, suggest that continued climate change will result in nearly annual widespread melting of the ice sheet’s surface by the year 2100. “The middle of the ice sheet is now susceptible to melting, where previously it was not,” Kaitlin Keegan, a Thayer School of Engineering doctoral student and lead author of the study, tells LiveScience. “The Arctic is really changing.”

Read the full story, published 5/19/14 by LiveScience.

Similar stories about the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Science News, and the Alaska Dispatch.

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