Greenland lost enough ice in only three days to cover the complete state of West Virginia with a FOOT of water after temperatures soared to 60F last month – 10 degrees warmer than normal
- Greenland saw temperatures around 60F from July 15 to 17
- These temperatures area about 10 degrees higher than the typical
- The ice sheet lost 6 billion tons of water every day over the weekend
- That is enough water to flood West Virginia in a foot of water
Greenland experienced high temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit last weekend that resulted in an incredible amount of ice melt – experts say it was enough to flood West Virginia under a foot of water.
This ‘spike melt,’ from July 15 through 17, was attributable to temperatures being 10 degrees warmer than normal, scientists with the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) told CNN.
About 80 percent of Greenland, which is the twelfth largest country on this planet, is roofed in an ice sheet. If this ice were to melt completely, the quantity of water released into the ocean would raise sea levels by 22 feet.
And this ‘enough to double the frequency of storm-surge flooding in most of the world’s largest coastal cities” by the tip of the century, scientists from Ohio State University warned in 2020.
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Greenland has a large ice sheet that’s melting rapidly attributable to rising temperatures. Last weekend, it was around 60 degrees across the country
Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist on the National Snow and Ice Data Center on the University of Colorado, told CNN that this past weekend’s high temperatures were nothing that has been seen within the 30 to 40 years of records on climate in Greenland.
The Artic has been rapidly warming attributable to climate change. Recent data in April shows this region could possibly be warming as much as 4 times as fast as some other region on this planet.
And a few experts fear that summer sea ice could completely disappear by 2035.
Last weekends melting event saw six billion tons of water pour into the encompassing sea, which the NSIDC notes is sufficient to fill 7.2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools.
This ‘spike melt,’ from July 15 through 17, was attributable to temperatures being 10 degrees warmer than normal
Kutalmis Saylam, a scientist on the University of Texas who’s currently conducting research in Greenland, told CNN that the ‘heatwave’ is worrisome because over the weekend she and her team were outside in t-shirts.
Last weekends melting event saw six billion tons of water pour into the encompassing sea, which the NSIDC notes is sufficient to fill 7.2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools
The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest mass of freshwater ice on the planet, with nearly 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 climate scientist at Columbia University reported Greenland’s ice sheet lost 8.5 billion tons of surface mass in a single day, which was enough ice to cover Florida in two inches of water.
Nonetheless, this extreme melting event occurred with temperatures over 68 degrees.
However it was 2019 that shattered all of the melting records thus far.
Researchers with the Center for Polar and Marine Research, found the ice sheet lost 532 gigatons of mass overall, which is 15 percent higher than the previous record holder – 2012.
And in February 2022, scientists from the Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute found the ice sheet is melting from the underside up and deemed it the most important single contributor to global sea level rise.
SEA LEVELS COULD RISE BY UP TO 4 FEET BY THE YEAR 2300
Global sea levels could rise as much as 1.2 metres (4 feet) by 2300 even when we meet the 2015 Paris climate goals, scientists have warned.
The long-term change will probably be driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that is about to re-draw global coastlines.
Sea level rise threatens cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations reminiscent of the Maldives.
It is important that we curb emissions as soon as possible to avoid a fair greater rise, a German-led team of researchers said in a recent report.
By 2300, the report projected that sea levels would gain by 0.7-1.2 metres, even when almost 200 nations fully meet goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Targets set by the accords include cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero within the second half of this century.
Ocean levels will rise inexorably because heat-trapping industrial gases already emitted will linger within the atmosphere, melting more ice, it said.
As well as, water naturally expands because it warms above 4 degrees Celsius (39.2°F).
Every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions would mean an additional 20 centimetres (8 inches) of sea level rise by 2300.
‘Sea level is usually communicated as a very slow process that you may’t do much about … but the following 30 years really matter,’ said lead writer Dr Matthias Mengel, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, in Potsdam, Germany.
Not one of the nearly 200 governments to sign the Paris Accords are on course to satisfy its pledges.