If you’re still thinking that climate change is not real, then perhaps the evidence of receding ice sheets and melting glaciers in Greenland will convince you that it’s real.
A BBC news article finds researchers astounded by the massive amounts of ice melts in Greenland. The report said that one glacier in southern Greenland has thinned by as much as 100 meters since 2004.
You might be wondering what is the significance of Greenland’s melting ice sheet? The reason is it holds enough frozen water to raise sea level by up to 7 meters.
Increased greenhouse gas and carbon emission as a consequence of industrial development are raising atmospheric temperatures and causing ice sheets to melt and temperatures are only expected to climb in the coming years according to Dr. Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
He fears that we are losing Greenland and it’s only a matter of time and warns that coastal planners need to prepare, referring to the potential dangers of sea-level rise caused by the melting glaciers.
This year alone, the amount of melted ice is enough to raise sea-level by more than a millimetre, the article says. Now, a millimetre of sea-level rise may not sound very impressive, the article continues, but if the speed to which the ice sheet is melting continues, it will inundate low-lying areas such as in Bangladesh, Florida, and eastern England causing havoc to residents living there.
Climate change is indeed happening. Evidence is found in the data collected over the years showing that ice sheets in Greenland are receding, melting by the billions of tonnes of ice.
How fast it is melting, how it affects its residents, and what are they doing about it are discussed further in the article.
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