It Took Just One Day to See the Impact of Climate Change on Greenland | The Adventure Blog

Massive Melt Off

It has been a long and warm summer in the Arctic, with record temperatures being set in Alaska, Northern Canada, Siberia, and elsewhere. Greenland has felt that warmth as well, with a slow, steady melt off taking place over the past few months. But last Tuesday, the cumulative effects of that warmth seemed to have taken its toll at last, with the eastern half of the large landmass almost completely ice free from its northern to southern tip.

Third Extreme Melt

This isn’t the first time that Greenland has experienced a major melt off in a short span of days. In fact, it has happened twice in the past, with the most recent taking place back in 2019. That year, the island lost about 532 billion tons of ice in total, bring global sea levels up by 1.5 mm as a result.

Not Too Late to Act

While the outlook for the planet looks dire, many climatologists and researchers say that it isn’t too late for us to reverse the impact of climate change on our planet. Right now, the continued release of CO2 into the atmosphere appears to be accelerating that impact, speeding us towards disaster. But if we can find ways to curb emissions and scrub the atmosphere of excess carbon, we still have a chance to avoid catastrophe.

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