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Greenland Loses Ice that Could Submerge Florida in Water in One Day

Greenland Loses Ice that Could Submerge Florida in Water in One Day

Tuesday, 3 August, 2021 - 06:15
This file photo taken on August 17, 2019 shows an iceberg calving with a mass of ice breaking away from the Apusiajik glacier, near Kulusuk (aslo spelled Qulusuk), a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality located on the island of the same name on the southeastern shore of Greenland. / AFP (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand )

Greenland lost enough ice in one day to cover Florida in two inches of water. The amount of ice that melted in Greenland on Tuesday alone was enough to cover the entire state of Florida in two inches of water, scientists have warned.

While the volume was less than the record loss recorded in 2019, the "massive melting event" covered a larger area, according to Polar Portal, a group of Danish arctic research institutions, reported The Metro.

Ice melted in Greenland flows into the ocean as water, contributing to the increase in sea levels driven by human-induced climate change.

The impacts have been especially felt in the Arctic, which is warming three times faster than the global average.

Scientists have estimated that melting from Greenland's ice sheet – the second-biggest on Earth after Antarctica's – has caused around 25% of global sea level rise seen over the last few decades.

Marco Tedesco, a climate scientist at Columbia University, said a patch of high pressure had sucked warmer air from further south "like a vacuum cleaner" causing record high temperatures of 19.8C on Wednesday, The Guardian reported.

He said: "We had these sort of atmospheric events in the past but they are now getting longer and more frequent. The snow is like a protective blanket so once that's gone, you get locked into faster and faster melting, so who knows what will happen with the melting now."

With deadly heatwaves, flooding and wildfires occurring around the world, calls are growing for urgent action to cut the CO2 emissions heating the planet. Across southern Europe authorities have warned that the current heatwave could reignite wildfires which have been ravaging the region.

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