Greenland Ice Melting Rapidly
According an international team of polar scientists who have been reviewing satellite observations for over a period of 26 years; Greenland is losing its ice seven times faster than it was in the 1990s.
Due to climate change, there has been a substantial rise in sea levels. Scientists say that the contribution of Greenland to the rising sea levels is currently what had been regarded as a potentially pessimistic future projection.
This simply means that the 7cm sea level rise could be expected at the end of the century from only Greenland. This will put millions of people at the risk of flooding in lower coastal regions.
The number of people at risk living in these regions is an estimated 1 billion who are less than 10m above high tide lines and there are 250 million below 1m.
Dr Ruth Mottram from the Danish Meteorological Institute explained that Greenland is losing ice in the following two ways; the first is by the surface melting and the water runs off into the sea and the other is by the splitting of Icebergs and then the melting where the ice is in contact with the sea.
Greenland sheds about 250 billion tons of ice, however, this year has been exceptionally warm and has resulted in the loss of ice of 370 billion tons.
Scientists continue to study the effects of the melting ice on the environment due to climate change.