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Greenland News

Greenland government calls election amid PM expenses scandal

Copenhagen - Greenland's government has called an election for November 28 after an expenses scandal prompted Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to step down as leader of her party.

World's ice caps melting at accelerated rate

German researchers have been able to map the heights of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with far greater precision than ever before. Observations and data show the ice caps are melting much faster than previously thought.

Study finds half of Greenland's warming due to natural causes

The rapid warming of Greenland's glaciers has been documented for a number of years, but atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington estimate that up to half of the warming in Greenland and other areas may be from natural causes.

Mega-canyon bigger than Grand Canyon found below Greenland's ice

Scientists have mapped a previously unknown canyon entombed below two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The discovery was made by a group of scientists from Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences in the UK.

NASA, students test polar rover in harsh Greenland climate

At 10,530 feet above sea level and deep inside the Arctic Circle, NASA could hardly find a more inhospitable place to test its new rover than Summit Camp, Greenland. After one month in the snow and sub-freezing temperatures, GROVER is still functioning.

Plants coming back to life after 400 years frozen under glacier

A group of plants frozen for 400 years have been observed sprouting new growth after being exposed to air and sunlight, scientists say. They brought back to life a collection of plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic.

Video captures largest iceberg break-up ever filmed

A video clip of a new film captures the moment an iceberg in Greenland begins to calve, making it the largest iceberg calving ever to be captured on film.

Greenland giant iceberg heading out to sea (photos)

A giant iceberg which broke off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland is now on its way to the sea. Shipping may be affected.

NASA scientists say Greenland ice melt in July unprecedented

Nuuk - NASA scientists say that in July, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a more extensive area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observation. Measurements show that Greenland ice cover has experienced unprecedented degree of melting.

Iceberg breaks off in Greenland

According to scientists, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier, The Associated Press reports.

Greenpeace activists arrested for occupying Arctic oil rig

The four Greenpeace activists who had set themselves up for a stay, hanging from the rigging of oil drilling rig, Stena Don, surrendered to police Thursday.

Greenpeace boards Stena Don in bid to halt Arctic oil exploration

Greenpeace activists said they eluded tight security and gained access to the deepwater drilling ship, the Stena Don, which is anchored between Greenland and Canada in 'iceberg alley' while drilling an exploratory oil well.

Huge ice sheet breaks off Greenland glacier, moves south

Researchers have been watching the environment change in Greenland for some time. Now, however, they've noted the largest ice sheet in 50 years is breaking off from the island and moving south where it could interfere with shipping.

NASA: Greenland glacier retreated 1 mile in 24 hours

NASA reported last week that a massive chunk of Greenland glacial ice was lost as it broke up and fell into the ocean. The loss of the ice meant the glacier retreated one mile overnight.

Greenland rising ‘an inch a year’ as ice melts

Greenland is rising. The big melt is taking a lot of weight off the crust, resulting in the coastal land surface movement as millions of tons of ice dissolves. What’s bothering scientists is they can literally see it happening.

Ice Loss Accelerating and Sea Level Rising

A study recently published in Science concluded that the Greenland ice sheet is losing mass at a quicker pace than previously. Consequently, it is making an increasing contribution to sea level rise.

Greenland Tastes Independence

Greenland is celebrating its latest push towards independence from Denmark under whose rule it has been since the 18th century. As it celebrated its national day on June 21, Greenland launched into a new era of self-governance.

Melting of West Antarctic Ice Sheet may affect Earth's rotation

A study in the journal Science has found that the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would change the focus of the planet's gravitational field and sea levels would rise disproportionately around North America and the Indian Ocean.

Climate Change Accelerating Warns German Scientist

Climate change is happening more rapidly than anyone thought possible, the German government's expert, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, warned.

New nation in the making? Greenland votes for more self rule

This will be interesting. Greenland, one of the biggest separate land masses on Earth, has voted for self rule, which is autonomy, not actual independence. The vote comes at a time when the Arctic is being considered a new frontier for resources.

Greenland's glaciers continue to break up at alarming rate

New studies have found that most of the Greenland's glaciers are melting at an increasing rate. Even glaciers in Northern Greenland which seemed to be immune from global warming have started developing huge cracks.

Greenland Seeks Independence, Control Of Natural Resources

With so many nations looking to capitalize on the vast wealth of natural resources of Greenland it would be difficult for a new state, which is already facing drastic changes due to Global Warming, to safeguard its resources.

Op-Ed: The Old New (Global) Warming Island in Greenland

The ice bridge that once connected Uunartoq Qegertop to the mainland of Greenland seems to come and go with what is in historical and geological terms the blink of an eye.

NASA: Greenland's Rising Air Temperatures Drive Ice Loss

A new NASA study confirms the surface temperature of Greenland's massive ice sheet has been rising, stoked by warming air temperatures, and fuelling loss of the island's ice at the surface and throughout the mass beneath.

Study Says New Greenland Ice Sheet Data Effects Climate Change Models

A comprehensive new study authored by University at Buffalo scientists and their colleagues for the first time documents in detail the dynamics of parts of Greenland's ice sheet.

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Accelerates

The 2007 melting rate of the Greenland ice sheet broke the 2005 summer melt record by 10 per cent, making it the largest ever decrease since satellite measurements began in 1979.

The greening of Greenland

Sub arctic Greenland is getting warmer. It once was habitable. The Vikings grew crops there. The Little Ice Age put an end to that, but now a local supermarket is selling locally grown vegetables. Winter seasonal patterns are changing.

DNA Discovery Shows Greenland's Warm Past, Altering Thoughts on Climate Change

In more research to further confuse everyone in the global warming debate, scientists have found what is believed to be the oldest authenticated DNA evidence ever recorded, showing Greenland was once much warmer than previously thought.

DNA on Greenland, and what about global warming?

Scientists took hundreds of DNA samples from the ice 2km deep at the base of the southern Greenland ice sheet. They found DNA from species such as alder, pine, spruce and yew trees. They also found DNA from beetles, butterflies, flies and spiders.

Greenland's Glaciers Melting at Alarming Pace

Melting Glaciers Melting to fast and causing problems
 

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An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
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The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a p...
The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a percentage, compared to the average from 1981 to 2010.
National Snow & Ice Data Center/University of Georgia
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Canyons and Glaciers Along the Northwest Coast of Greenland.
Photo taken: July 13  2012.
Canyons and Glaciers Along the Northwest Coast of Greenland. Photo taken: July 13, 2012.
NASA/Michael Studinger
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European Space Agency
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A river in Greenland augmented by ice melt: The river that runs through Kanger  called Akuliarusiars...
A river in Greenland augmented by ice melt: The river that runs through Kanger, called Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua in Greenlandic, but also known as Watson River. This river is very milky looking because it is formed by melt-water from the ice sheet. The grey river banks are not ice, but rocks now exposed
John Maurer, University of Colorado
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The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland  te...
The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue.
NASA Images
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Satellite image showing ice melt in Greenland
Satellite image showing ice melt in Greenland
NASA
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Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt. Extent of surface melt over Greenland...
Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt. Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right)
Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory
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On the Greenland ice sheet at point T05  one of the main validation sites staffed by UK scientists. ...
On the Greenland ice sheet at point T05, one of the main validation sites staffed by UK scientists. Note the corner reflector used for airborne altimeter calibration.
ESA
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An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
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The Greenland Shark is native to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean around Canada  Greenland  an...
The Greenland Shark is native to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean around Canada, Greenland, and Iceland.
NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program
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Iceberg in Greenland
Iceberg in Greenland
Chasing Ice
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An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
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A glacier near Greeland  carving into a fjord
A glacier near Greeland, carving into a fjord
banyanman
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 An ice sheet covers almost all of Greenland—about 1.7 million square kilometers (650 000 square m...
"An ice sheet covers almost all of Greenland—about 1.7 million square kilometers (650,000 square miles). It holds so much ice that if it were to melt away entirely, global sea level would rise 7 meters (23 feet)," as NASA writes.
NASA
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Pictured are Jens  Sim  Timo and Matt  the four activists who halted offshore exploratory drilling b...
Pictured are Jens, Sim, Timo and Matt, the four activists who halted offshore exploratory drilling by hanging from the Stena Don for 40 hours.
Greenpeace
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