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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.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Research has found that smoke and ash from Australia’s massive 2019 and 2020 wildfires triggered widespread algal blooms thousands of miles away. The Duke University-led study reported that the phenomenon could be effective in sequestering additional carbon, but algal blooms can also be toxic and devastating to wildlife and […]
You may remember our special Earth Day interview with Friend of the Planet, Brian Skerry. Well, he’s in the news again, but this time for working on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Secrets of the Whales. The four-part series explores the complex lives of five whale species, including orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales. […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]
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