On Aug. 14, 2017 Mother Jones reporter Eric Holthaus wrote “There’s an Unprecedented Wildfire in Greenland. That’s Bad News for the Arctic.” Fires in the arctic are becoming more common. The ash lands on the white snow and speeds up the melting ice in a feedback loop. Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish meteorological service says “that if the fire is burning in peatland, it could rage for weeks. If the winds shift, soot from the fire could be transported up to the ice sheet, where it might speed local melting in the coming years by darkening the surface of the ice, helping it to absorb more energy from the sun.”
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