Greenland Has Lost 11 Billion Tons Of Ice Sheets — In A Day

Greenland Has Lost 11 Billion Tons Of Ice Sheets — In A Day

In the month of July 2019, the area lost 197 billion tons of ice sheets—which is equivalent to 80 million Olympic swimming pools.

Despite scientists sounding the warning bell about global warming, human activities catering to this impending danger that hovers over our seems to increase by the minute. It seems as if people could care less about this problematic situation that our planet's facing, but it won't be the case for too long as reports about Greenland's ice sheet melting at a rather quick pace has surfaced. According to a report by CNN, scientists have informed how the glaciers situated in the area have experienced the biggest melt recorded in history this summer. 



As of Thursday, Greenland's ice sheet has lost 11 billion tons of its surface to the mighty ocean. The amount equivalent to 4.4. million Olympic swimming pools are indeed a sign of distress. So, the melting season begins at the end of May, however, this year it commenced at the beginning. Moreover, the pace of the melting has been observed to be "persistent" over the past months, resulting in the highest temperature ever recorded—as per a climate scientist with Danish Meteorological Institute, Ruth Mottram. 



Speaking to the news outlet Mottram informed how 197 billion tons of ice sheets (equivalent to 80 million Olympic swimming pools) were lost in July alone. After calculating the expected average she indicated the loss would be between 60-70 billion tons around this time of the year. In light of the terrible weather conditions, things have been said to get worse. The heatwave that hit Europe last week has made its way towards the Arctic. Scientists fear that this to trigger one of Greenland's biggest ice melts which haven't been seen since 1950.



Experts have also recorded (unconfirmed) temperatures i.e. 2.7 degrees Celsius at 3,000 meters about the level of the sea on Thursday. Once confirmed we would be looking at a new record. This news comes right after the meteorologists reported how July has been globally the hottest month ever recorded in history. Last month's global average temperature is said to be equal and possibly higher to July 2016 that is the current record holder according to preliminary data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Programme. The institution that analyzes global temperature data will release its final data on Monday.



Mottram further told the news station that Greenland's heated weather would be continuing for the next few days and might even last longer. As the melt season typically continues until the end of August, the ice sheets are likely to witness substantial melting, however, it might not be as much as the recent weeks. The melting of the worlds' second-largest ice sheet has already contributed about half a millimeter to the sea levels all around the globe. The Arctic has experienced "unprecedented" wildfires this summer and scientists point at the high temperatures to be the cause. 



Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), who has been monitoring wildfires has recorded more than 100 intense wildfires enveloping different regions of the Arctic Circle ever since the beginning of June. This is indeed something that just cannot be ignored. A senior scientist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECWMF), Mark Parrington had something similar to share with CNN. He mentioned how the temperatures in the Arctic region are rising at a rate that is faster than the global average. This, in turn, is providing a suitable condition for wildfires to spread. 


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