Many scientists and governments are talking about what “will happen” once climate change begins to occur, but on the great island of Greenland global warming isn't just a future problem - it's happening now.
Greenland is the largest island on the planet, and most of it - around 85 percent - is covered in ice. At over 656,000 square miles, it's the largest area of fresh water ice in the northern hemisphere. Scientists have predicted that if the Greenland ice sheet were to completely melt, ocean levels could go up by 23 feet, which would have catastrophic effects for low-lying coastal regions across the globe.
While scientists can't agree on how much or how fast the Greenland ice sheet will melt, what is certain is that the Arctic is warming up faster than the rest of the planet and that Greenland is already losing a large portion of its ice. As scientists continue to debate and take measurements, the effects of climate change are already visible on the island.
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