Europe’s heatwave threatens to push Greenland toward record melting

Conditions are similar to those in 2012, when Greenland’s ice cap saw record melting—and Arctic sea ice hit a record low.

Sea ice scatters off the coast of Greenland. A heat wave that’s hit Europe is expected to affect Greenland as well. (Bernt Rostad/Flickr CC BY 2.0)

By Arctic Today

As a heat wave baked Europe last week, officials with the World Meteorological Organization warned that the unusually warm temperatures were poised to affect Greenland as well — threatening to cause a record-setting melt of the island’s ice cap.

The European heatwave has already set records in nearby Nordic nations.

Greenland’s ice sheet previously saw record melting in 2012, the same year that Arctic sea ice reached its lowest recorded summer minimum. A Danish researcher told The Washington Post that conditions this summer constitute “a very similar situation to 2012.”

Some observers had already speculated that this year might bring new record melting to Greenland, as spring temperatures soared — and an iconic image of sled dogs traveling over unusual spring melt traveled around the world.

With warmth has also come a second consecutive year of significant wildfires in the Arctic — including a relatively rare one that burned through tundra outside Sisimiut in Greenland earlier this month.

This article originally appeared at Arctic Today and is republished with permission.

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  1. Posted by DOOM AND GLOOM on


  2. Posted by Pootoogook on

    Hey if the ice sheet melts areas will be flooded even the state of Florida will go under water along the coasts and small islands that people live on will be no more.
    We’re part of the world, do we want that to happen?
    Climate Change is happening NOW .
    It’s just not cool to stand by and do nothing about it.

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