Greenland has lost enough ice in just three days to cover the entire state of West Virginia with a foot of water after temperatures soared to 60F last month – 10 degrees warmer than usual.
- In Greenland, from July 15 to 17, the temperature was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- These temperatures are about 10 degrees warmer than average.
- The ice sheet was losing 6 billion tons of water every weekend
- That’s enough water to flood West Virginia with a foot of water.
Greenland saw high temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit this past weekend, causing massive ice melt – experts say it was enough to flood the West. Virginia under a foot of water.
This “splash of melt” from July 15 to 17 was due to temperatures being 10 degrees above normal, scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said. CNN.
About 80 percent of Greenland, which is the 12th largest country in the world, is covered by an ice sheet. If this ice were to melt completely, the amount of water thrown into the ocean would raise the sea level by 22 feet.
And this is “enough to double the frequency of storm surge flooding in many of the world’s largest coastal cities” by the end of the century, scientists from Ohio State University warned in 2020.
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Greenland has a massive ice sheet that is rapidly melting due to rising temperatures. It was around 60 degrees across the country last weekend.
Ted Scambos, senior scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, told CNN last weekend’s high temperatures were nothing that had been seen in 30 to 40 years of climate records in Greenland.
The Arctic is warming rapidly due to climate change. The latest data for April shows that the region could be warming four times faster than any other region in the world.
And some experts fear that summer sea ice could disappear entirely by 2035.
The melt last weekend spilled six billion tons of water into the surrounding sea, enough to fill 7.2 million Olympic-size pools, NSIDC notes.
This “surge of melt” from July 15 to 17 was caused by temperatures being 10 degrees above normal.
Kutalmis Sailam, a University of Texas scientist who is currently doing research in Greenland, told CNN the “heat wave” was worrying because she and her team were outside in T-shirts over the weekend.
Last weekend’s melting water spilled six billion tons of water into the surrounding sea, enough to fill 7.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools, NSIDC notes.
The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of freshwater ice on the planet, at almost 695,000 square miles, second only to Antarctica.
The melting of the ice sheets began in 1990 and has accelerated since 2000.
On July 27, 2021, Marco Tedesco, a climatologist at Columbia University, reported that the Greenland ice sheet lost 8.5 billion tons of surface mass in one day, enough to cover Florida with two inches of water.
However, this extreme melting occurred at temperatures above 68 degrees.
But it was 2019 that broke all melting records.
Researchers at the Center for Polar and Marine Research found that the ice sheet lost a total mass of 532 gigatons, up 15 percent from the previous record holder in 2012.
And in February 2022, scientists at the Scott Institute of Polar Research in Cambridge found that the ice sheet was melting from the bottom up and considered it the biggest contributor to global sea level rise.
SEA LEVEL MAY RISE 4 FEET BY 2300
Scientists have warned that global sea levels could rise by 1.2 meters (4 feet) by 2300 even if we reach the Paris 2015 climate targets.
Long-term changes will be caused by ice melt from Greenland to Antarctica, which should change global coastlines.
Rising sea levels threaten cities from Shanghai to London, low-lying areas of Florida or Bangladesh, and entire countries like the Maldives.
It is imperative that we curb emissions as soon as possible to avoid even more growth, says a new report from a German-led research team.
Sea levels will rise by 0.7 to 1.2 meters by 23:00, according to the report, even if almost 200 countries fully meet the targets of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The targets set by the agreements include reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the second half of this century.
Ocean levels will rise inexorably as industrial heat-trapping gases already released will linger in the atmosphere, melting more ice, the report said.
In addition, water naturally expands when heated above four degrees Celsius (39.2 °F).
Every five years of delays in peak global emissions beyond 2020 would mean an additional 20 centimeters (8 inches) of sea level rise by 2300.
“Sea level is often presented as a very slow process that you can’t do much about… but the next 30 years really do matter,” said study lead author Dr. Matthias Mengel from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam. Germany.
None of the nearly 200 governments that signed the Paris Accords are on track to fulfill their obligations.