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Greenland’s melting ice sheets alone have contributed to a 14mm rise in global sea levels and, if melted completely, could raise global sea levels by 23 feet. Those results would devastate coastal and inland communities across the globe, but Greenland can’t stop the ice melt alone. In addition to its efforts, it will need the global community to save the ice sheets.
Rising Waters: According to Polar Portal, which represents Danish Arctic research institutions, although this year’s meeting is still trailing 2019’s in terms of gigatons, the overall surface area shedding water has grown. Experts say this may be caused by an increase in rainfall over the ice sheets that initiates melt, increases runoff, and prevents refreeze. As weather and temperature continue to change, the area of melt will only grow larger and begin to release some gnarly chemicals into the rising waters.
Harmful PFAS often makes its way into the environment through solid plastic pollution in our oceans or lands.
Still, when PFAS are released into the atmosphere through burning or industrial processes, they can travel far and wide, settling in the Arctic.
“The changing nature of sea ice, with earlier and erratic periods of thaw, could be altering the processing and release of pollutants alongside key nutrients, which in turn affects biota at the base of the marine food web,” said environmental chemist Crispin Halsall from Lancaster University in the U.K.
Greenland has recently taken drastic action to end any fossil fuel expansion in its waters. The nation hopes that investing in renewable energy can preserve its ice sheets and stimulate its economy. However, rising temperatures in the Arctic can only be stopped with the action of some of the world’s largest emitters, and U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry said Tuesday that he’s “not confident” the world is moving fast enough to prevent further catastrophe.
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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