Greenland’s vast ice cap is melting faster than expected and will threaten an extra 40 million people with flooding by the end of this century if it is not slowed, the most thorough study to date has revealed. Summer heatwaves and year-round melting of glaciers mean the rate of ice loss is following the “high-end climate warming scenario” produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There has been a seven-fold increase in ice loss since the 1990s, according to the most comprehensive study to date of ice loss on the world’s largest island. The global sea level will rise by an additional 7cm by 2100, on top of the 60cm previously forecast by the IPCC, if Greenland continues to melt at the rate recorded over the past decade. The authors say this raises the projection for the number of people affected each year by coastal flooding by the end of the century from 360 million to 400 million.
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The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback.
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