Greenland Is Literally Melting

A new study suggests that three glaciers that are responsible for retaining a major ice stream in Greenland are melting faster than they were originally believed to be, and they are moving rapidly into the sea. Published in Nature Climate Change today, the study indicates that sea levels need to be revised and that the northeast corner of Greenland, which is one of the coldest and driest parts of the world, is not, in fact, stable. “This is the first time anyone has ever observed a sudden acceleration of ice loss in the downhill (outlet) portions of a really long ice stream. So, we are in terra incognita,” said study coauthor Michael Bevis of Ohio State University.”The instability of Greenland is growing.”