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An iceberg floats in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 20, 2022 near Pituffik, Greenland as captured on a NASA Gulfstream V plane while on an airborne mission to measure melting Arctic sea ice. - New observations from ICESAT-2 show remarkable Arctic Sea ice thinning in just three years. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has lost about one-third of its winter sea ice volume, largely due to a decline in sea ice that persists over several years, called multiyear ice, according to a new study. The study also found sea ice is likely thinner than previous estimates. AFP
An iceberg floats in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 20, 2022 near Pituffik, Greenland as captured on a NASA Gulfstream V plane while on an airborne mission to measure melting Arctic sea ice. - New observations from ICESAT-2 show remarkable Arctic Sea ice thinning in just three years. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has lost about one-third of its winter sea ice volume, largely due to a decline in sea ice that persists over several years, called multiyear ice, according to a new study. The study also found sea ice is likely thinner than previous estimates. AFP
 A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 18, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 18, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 18, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean on July 18, 2022. AFP
Meltwater flows from the Greenland ice sheet into the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
Meltwater flows from the Greenland ice sheet into the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
 A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
 A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 20, 2022. AFP
A melting pond is seen inside an iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 20, 2022. AFP
An aerial view of icebergs and ice sheet near Pituffik, Greenland on July 19, 2022. AFP
An aerial view of icebergs and ice sheet near Pituffik, Greenland on July 19, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 15, 2022. AFP
Icebergs float in Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 15, 2022. AFP
An iceberg floats in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 15, 2022. AFP
An iceberg floats in the Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 15, 2022. AFP
Icebergs are seen through the fog floating in Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
Icebergs are seen through the fog floating in Baffin Bay near Pituffik, Greenland on July 17, 2022. AFP
A forest is incinerated by the Oak Fire near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. - The California wildfire ripped through thousands of acres July 23 after being sparked a day earlier, as millions of Americans sweltered through scorching heat with already record-setting temperatures due to climb. AFP
A forest is incinerated by the Oak Fire near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. - The California wildfire ripped through thousands of acres July 23 after being sparked a day earlier, as millions of Americans sweltered through scorching heat with already record-setting temperatures due to climb. AFP
 A forest is incinerated by the Oak Fire near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. AFP
A forest is incinerated by the Oak Fire near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. AFP
A farmers drives his tractor next a fire near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. AP
A farmers drives his tractor next a fire near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. AP
The Oak Fire burns through trees on July 24, 2022 near Jerseydale, California. The fast moving Oak Fire burning outside of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations, charred over 14,000 acres and has destroyed several homes since starting on Friday afternoon. The fire is zero percent contained. AFP
The Oak Fire burns through trees on July 24, 2022 near Jerseydale, California. The fast moving Oak Fire burning outside of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations, charred over 14,000 acres and has destroyed several homes since starting on Friday afternoon. The fire is zero percent contained. AFP
In this photo provided by Eric Kiehn, Northwest Incident Management Team 10, Alaska Division of Forestry, a fixed-wing aircraft drops water on the Clear Fire near Anderson, Alaska, on July 6, 2022. Alaska's remarkable wildfire season includes over 530 blazes that have burned an area more than three times the size of Rhode Island, with nearly all the impacts, including dangerous breathing conditions from smoke, attributed to fires started by lightning. AP
In this photo provided by Eric Kiehn, Northwest Incident Management Team 10, Alaska Division of Forestry, a fixed-wing aircraft drops water on the Clear Fire near Anderson, Alaska, on July 6, 2022. Alaska's remarkable wildfire season includes over 530 blazes that have burned an area more than three times the size of Rhode Island, with nearly all the impacts, including dangerous breathing conditions from smoke, attributed to fires started by lightning. AP
A logged burns from the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022. - The fierce California wildfire expanded early Sunday burning several thousand acres and forcing evacuations, as tens of millions of Americans sweltered through scorching heat with already record-setting temperatures due to climb even further. More than 2,000 firefighters backed by 17 helicopters have been deployed against the Oak Fire, which broke out Friday near Yosemite National Park, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said in a report. AFP
A logged burns from the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022. - The fierce California wildfire expanded early Sunday burning several thousand acres and forcing evacuations, as tens of millions of Americans sweltered through scorching heat with already record-setting temperatures due to climb even further. More than 2,000 firefighters backed by 17 helicopters have been deployed against the Oak Fire, which broke out Friday near Yosemite National Park, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said in a report. AFP
 A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a backfire at the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022. AFP
A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a backfire at the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022. AFP
This photograph taken on July 25, 2022, shows parts of a forest destroyed by the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, burning west of Yosemite National Park where the Washburn Fire has threatened the giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. AFP
This photograph taken on July 25, 2022, shows parts of a forest destroyed by the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, burning west of Yosemite National Park where the Washburn Fire has threatened the giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. AFP
This photograph taken on July 25, 2022, shows a firefighting jet air tanker flying through a smoky sunset sky during the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, burning west of Yosemite National Park where the Washburn Fire has threatened the giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. AFP
This photograph taken on July 25, 2022, shows a firefighting jet air tanker flying through a smoky sunset sky during the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, burning west of Yosemite National Park where the Washburn Fire has threatened the giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. AFP







Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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