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  • Writer's pictureBruce Smith

Melting Arctic


This past summer, Arctic temperatures reached their warmest ever translating into thawing permafrost, flooding due to melting glaciers, massive wildfires, and shrinking sea icepack, according to a report card by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report listed ways these changes may affect shipping, salmon, and arctic ecology.


Because this report card developed by scientists from 13 nations is lengthy, I’m also linking a Washington Post article that provides some highlights.


I seldom recommend books in my blog posts, but if this subject interests you, check out The Treeline by Ben Rawlence. It’s a master work on what’s happening to circumpolar boreal forests as the arctic and subarctic rapidly warm. From the book you’ll learn about the far north's changing ecology and a good deal of history as well.

Please click on the image to read the article.

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