Greenland Glaciers Are Melting Seven Times Faster Than a Quarter of a Century Ago
Greenland’s glaciers contain the world’s biggest amounts of freshwater. A recent study conducted by an international polar team shows that Greenland glaciers are melting seven times faster than a quarter of a century ago.
The study’s results are drawn from the images taken by satellites which depict the rapid depletion of the glaciers’ surfaces. The melting speed increases constantly causing ocean levels to rise.
Global Warming is the reason for such a destructive process. CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions together with the planet’s heating cause rapid melting of glaciers.
Greenland’s glaciers lose two hundred and fifty billion tons of freshwater annually. Greenland glacier shield had lost nearly four trillion tons of ice in a quarter-century which had caused the rise of ocean level by ten millimeters.
Such melting will have catastrophic consequences by the end of this century such as the increase of sea level on the oceans by seven centimeters which will result in an extent reduction of dry land. One centimeter rise threatens six million people with flooding.
The ocean level will rise by sixty centimeters as the result of the global glaciers melting if things did not change. This number could be undervalued according to a new and more precise study.
The current state of the climate couldn’t be fixed immediately and it will take decades to cool down our planet even for a bit. Global Warming is an irreversible process and considering the current tempo of industrialization and complete ignorance from a global government and developing countries it is hard to believe that Greenland’s glacier shield and other Earth’s freshwater reserves will be saved.
All hottest years which were ever recorded happened in the 21st century. Greenland had lost three hundred and seventy billion tons of ice last year which is fifty percent more than its annual rate.
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