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Barcos piscatórios Gronelândia
Aerial surveys show two glaciers flowing into Johan Petersen fjord, Greenland
The huge annual losses of ice from the Greenland cap are even worse than thought, according to new research which also shows that the melt is not a short-term blip but a long-term trend.
The melting Greenland ice sheet is already a major contributor to rising sea level and if it was eventually lost entirely, the oceans would rise by six metres around the world, flooding many of the world’s largest cities.
Departures from average temperature on Sunday, June 12, 2016
With parts of Greenland experiencing record high temperatures of late, melting of snow and ice at the surface has been skyrocketing.
This follows a record low extent of Arctic sea ice in May, and other troublesome signs that global warming is taking off in the high north.
Almost every day we hear about how bad climate change is for the Earth and the population. Yet after speaking with locals in Nuuk and experiencing a small part of the Greenlandic culture, we got some other perspectives.
In Greenland, a vast island almost wholly covered by the huge ice sheet, many of the residents view the climate change in a positive light.
Global warming is melting Greenland's ice, extending its shipping season and revealing massive oil and mineral deposits.
Thon fishing, Greenland
Climate change means oil finds and zinc mines and also better fishing: cod, herring, halibut and haddock migrating north as the ocean warms.
It means disaster tourists: people coming to see glaciers slide into the sea. (Since 2004, cruise-ship arrivals have jumped 250 per cent.)
It means farming: potatoes and broccoli and carrots growing where they didn't grow before, more grass for more sheep. And it means gushing rivers: an endless supply of freshwater that Greenland proposes to sell to a thirsty world.