New study confirms the Greenland ice sheet is rapidly melting
A new study confirms that the massive Greenland ice sheet is not only melting very quickly, but that the rate of melting is accelerating. The measurements confirm prior estimates.
Nearly all of the world's glaciers are also melting. As land-based ice melts, the meltwater flows into the ocean, raising the sea level, leading to increased coastal flooding and stronger storm surges. The seasonal runoff from mountain-based glaciers feeds fresh water to land areas at the feet of the mountains. As the glaciers disappear, so does the source of fresh water.
Melting of the Earth's land ice is thus both a symptom of human-induced global climate change, and is a positive danger, both to coastal communities and to inland places that rely on seasonal glacial runoff.