Gif : Climate Change InstituteIt wouldn’t be spring in the climate change era without a massive heat wave in the Arctic.
The warmth is helping to spread widespread wildfires and to kickstart ice melt season early, both ominous signs of what summer could hold.
AdvertisementStill, early melt is never a good thing, and doubly so given this year’s lower-than-normal snowfall.
The Arctic is the fastest-warming region on the planet, and these types of heat waves have become a seasonal occurrence.
Melting sea ice exposes darker ocean waters that can absorb more heat, while fires cough up more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trapping yet more heat.

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