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Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Updated : August 21, 2019 09:32 AM IST

New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it 'the end of the planet.'
By the end of the summer, about 440 billion tons (400 billion metric tons) of ice — maybe more — will have melted or calved off Greenland's giant ice sheet, scientists estimate. That's enough water to flood Pennsylvania or the country of Greece about a foot (35 centimeters) deep.
Summit Station, a research camp nearly 2 miles high (3,200 meters) and far north, warmed to above freezing twice this year for a record total of 16.5 hours. Before this year, that station was above zero for only 6.5 hours in 2012, once in 1889 and also in the Middle Ages.
Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

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