Greenland ice sheet melt is “very likely” 6 times faster NOW than in the 1990s.
“The average rate of ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet has very likely substantially increased from 34 [–6 to 74] Gt yr–1 over the period 1992–2001 to 215 [157 to 274] Gt yr–1 over the period 2002–2011.” (IPCC AR5, WG1, SPM, page 7)
Thought to contain enough ice to increase sea levels by 23 feet (7+ metres) were it to all melt, in 2012, scientists were stunned to discover that, for the first time, thaw was detected over 97% of Greenland’s surface.
In 2014, an international team of scientists discovered that the last remaining stable portion of the Greenland ice sheet is now unstable.
Also in 2014, a study concluded that Greenland ice sheet loss more than doubled in the last 5 years.
Selected compilations, articles, posts, reports
- Compilation – Arctic meltdown / methane time bomb and the global climate EMERGENCY
- Compilation – Antarctica ice sheet melt and the global Climate EMERGENCY
- Compilation – Sea level rise, commitment, acceleration and the global climate EMERGENCY
- Compilation – Ocean circulation disruption and the global climate EMERGENCY
- Compilation – The threat of sudden / abrupt system shifts / tips / flips and the global climate EMERGENCY
- Article – Study: Greenland’s coastal ice passed tipping point 20 years ago, ICN
- Post – Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheet loss more than doubled in last 5 years, Joe Romm, CP
- Post – Sea levels to rise more than expected due to warming-driven surge in Greenland ice loss, J. Romm, J. Spross, Climate Progress
- Article – Greenland implicated further in sea-level rise, Physorg
- Post – Greenland and Antarctica ‘may be vulnerable to rapid ice loss through catastrophic disintegration’, Joe Romm, Climate Progress
- Post – Greenland ice melt up nearly 5-fold since mid-1990s, Joe Romm, CP
- Article – Greenland / Antarctica lost 4 trillion tons of ice in 20 yrs, The Guardian
- Article – Greenland glacier melting 5 times faster than in 90s, M. McDiarmid, CBC
- Post – It’s already too hot, as Greenland melt record is smashed, D. Spratt, CCR
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