Researchers quantify carbon loss from a massive Arctic tundra wildfire, consider climate warming implications

By quantifying carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire, researchers find that an increase in Arctic tundra fires due to climate change could create a positive feedback that accelerates warming.

Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire
M.C. Mack, M.S. Bret-Harte, T.N. Hollingsworth, R.R. Jandt, E.A. G. Schuur, G.R. Shaver & D.L. Verbyla
Nature 475 pp. 489–492 (28 July 2011)

A sample of the international media coverage of this study:
BBC News: Huge arctic fire hints at new climate clue (28 Jul 2011)
ABC Australia: Arctic fires may accelerate global warming (28 Jul 2011)
International Business Times: Arctic wildfires may pose threat to global climate (28 Jul 2011)
The Times of India (India): Arctic fires may accelerate global warming (1 Aug 2011)
Reuters: Huge 2007 tundra fire seen as ominous sign for climate (29 Jul 2011)
Terra (Latin America): Estudio advierte de impacto climático de los incendios en la tundra ártica (27 Jul 2011)
Yahoo (Spain): Estudio advierte de impacto climático de los incendios en la tundra ártica (27 Jul 2011)
MSNBC: Huge 2007 tundra fire seen as ominous sign for climate (29 Jul 2011)
ClimateWire: Alaskan tundra fire produced huge burst of emissions - study (28 Jul 2011)
Alaska Dispatch: 2007 Arctic wildfire released 50 years of stored carbon into atmosphere (28 Jul 2011)
NPR Morning Edition: Fire made Arctic spew, rather than absorb, Carbon (29 Jul 2011)
Discovery News: When the Arctic catches fire (29 Jul 2011)

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Posted on July 27, 2011