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Sea level: Greenland ice loss worst in 12,000 years

Paris - Ice loss from Greenland's massive ice sheet will cause sea levels to rise more during the 21st century than they have during any 100-year period in the last 12,000 years, even if global warming is held in check, scientists said Wednesday.

A huge chunk of Greenland's ice cap has broken off

A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap, estimated to be some 42.3 square miles (110 square kilometers), has broken off in the far north east Arctic which scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change.

A huge chunk of Greenland's ice cap has broken off

A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap, estimated to be some 42.3 square miles (110 square kilometers), has broken off in the far north east Arctic which scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change.

Massive chunk of Greenland's largest glacier crashes into sea

Copenhagen - A massive chunk of ice -- larger than the city of Paris -- has broken off from the Arctic's largest ice shelf because of warmer temperatures in Greenland, scientists said Monday.

New Study: Greenland lost 586 billion tons of ice in 2019

Greenland lost a record amount of ice during an extra warm 2019, with the melt massive enough to cover California in more than 1.25 meters or 4.9 feet of water, a new study said.

Trump wanted to 'swap' Puerto Rico for Greenland: ex-official

Washington - President Donald Trump wanted to sell Puerto Rico or swap it for Greenland because he viewed the US territory as dirty and poor, a former senior administration official said Wednesday.

Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return

Nearly 40 years of satellite data from Greenland shows that glaciers on the island have shrunk so much that even if global warming were to stop today, the ice sheet would continue shrinking.

A year after diplomatic tussle over Greenland, Pompeo visits Denmark

Copenhagen - Rival interests in the Arctic topped the agenda when the US Secretary of State visited Denmark Wednesday, a year after the countries butted heads over President Donald Trump's offer to buy Greenland.

A year after diplomatic tussle over Greenland, Pompeo visits Denmark

Copenhagen - A year after the US and Denmark butted heads over President Donald Trump's offer to buy Greenland, his secretary of state is visiting the Nordic country on Wednesday, with Arctic issues at the top of the agenda.

Danish ice cream maker drops 'Eskimo' name

Copenhagen - A Danish ice cream maker said on Wednesday it would remove the name "Eskimo" from one of its products in case it offended Inuit and other Arctic people.

Six-fold jump in polar ice loss lifts global oceans

Paris - Greenland and Antarctica are shedding six times more ice than during the 1990s, driving sea level rise that could see annual flooding by 2100 in regions home today to some 400 million people, scientists have warned.

Glaciers are disappearing faster than a few years ago

The rate of melting of Greenland’s glaciers is happening at a far faster rate than climate scientists previously realized. This is based on new data which indicates that the rate of melting is happening below water as well as above.

The threat to Greenland's glaciers lurking beneath the ice

Scientists have long known that higher air temperatures are contributing to the surface melting on Greenland's ice sheet. But a new study has found another threat that has begun attacking the ice from below.

Over-hunting of walrus may have led to Vikings leaving Greenland

The mysterious disappearance of Greenland’s medieval Norse society in the 15th century came after walruses were hunted almost to extinction, researchers have said.

Greenland's ice sheet - News goes from bad to worse

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than it was in the 1990s. This is the latest assessment from an international team of polar scientists who've reviewed all the satellite observations of the ice sheet over a 26-year period.

Drones show Greenland ice sheet fracturing in real time

Washington - Scientists said Monday they had used a drone to observe the rapid fracturing and draining of a lake on the Greenland ice sheet, a phenomenon that may become more frequent as a result of climate change.

In Greenland village, shorter winters cast doubts over dog sledding

Kulusuk - Tethered between pastel-coloured wooden houses in the Greenlandic village of Kulusuk and on hills nearby, the island's famous sled dogs wait through the summer for the ice to form so their hunting season can begin.

Trump praises Danish PM he called 'nasty' over Greenland row

Washington - President Donald Trump heaped praise on Denmark's prime minister Friday, two days after he cancelled his state visit to the country and slammed her for dismissing his idea of buying Greenland as absurd.

Nothing new for US in Trump's Greenland ambitions

Washington - President Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland has been met with disdain -- but it follows a longstanding US tradition of expanding its frontiers through land purchases from foreign countries.

Trump slams Danish PM's 'nasty' rejection of Greenland deal

Washington - Donald Trump snapped back Wednesday at the Danish prime minister's "nasty" dismissal of his attempts to purchase Greenland, heightening a row which has already prompted the US president to scrap a state visit.

Trump scraps Denmark visit after Danes say Greenland not for sale

Washington - US President Donald Trump Tuesday postponed a planned visit to Denmark after Danish officials insisted its autonomous territory of Greenland was not for sale.

Trump confirms interest in buying Greenland

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Sunday confirmed his interest in buying Greenland, but said it was not a priority for his administration."It's something we talked about," Trump told reporters.

Greenland isn't for sale but it is increasingly valuable

Washington - President Donald Trump's reported wish to buy Greenland may have been rejected by Denmark, but it underscores the rapidly rising value of the massive, ice-covered island due to global warming and to China's drive for an Arctic presence.

Trump interested in buying Greenland

Washington D.c. - US President Donald Trump has expressed an interest in purchasing Greenland a self-ruling territory of Denmark. However, the territory insists it is not up for sale.

Greenland cold-shoulders Trump's buyer's interest

Greenland is not for sale, local authorities said Friday, after a newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump is looking into whether it might be possible for the United States to buy the mineral-rich Arctic island.

Trump wants US to buy Greenland: report

Washington - President Donald Trump is asking advisers if it is possible for the US to buy Greenland, according to a report.

Greenland's record-breaking ice melt is now everyone's problem

Greenland's ice sheet is in the midst of one of its most extreme melts ever recorded, with 160 billion tons of ice lost in July alone. What is happening in Greenland now affects all of us on the planet.

Europe's heat wave threatening world's 2nd largest ice sheet

The hot air that smashed European weather records this week looks set to move toward Greenland and could take the world's second-largest ice sheet close to or below the record low set in 2012, the United Nations said on Friday.

Arctic could face another scorching annus horribilis

Copenhagen - Scientists say 2019 could be another annus horribilis for the Arctic with record temperatures already registered in Greenland -- a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world's coastal areas one day.

From Greenland to Alaska, Arctic is heating up rapidly

Ice is melting at unprecedented levels as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the Greenland ice sheet, while the extent of ice over the Arctic Ocean is the lowest ever.
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This image taken by NASA s Operation IceBridge in Greenland shows the broad seemingly endless expans...
This image taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge in Greenland shows the broad seemingly endless expanse of the ice sheet.
NASA/Operation Ice Bridge
An aerial view from NASA of the retreating Jakobsvahn glacier.
An aerial view from NASA of the retreating Jakobsvahn glacier.
NASA
IceBridge s 23rd flight of the Arctic 2011 campaign surveyed numerous glaciers in southeast Greenlan...
IceBridge's 23rd flight of the Arctic 2011 campaign surveyed numerous glaciers in southeast Greenland including Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier.
NASA Ice Bridge/Michael Studinger
GRACE  twin satellites launched in March 2002  are making detailed measurements of Earth s gravity f...
GRACE, twin satellites launched in March 2002, are making detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field which will lead to discoveries about gravity and Earth's natural systems.
NASA/JPL - CalTech
Thousands of supraglacial lakes form on top of the Greenland ice sheet each summer  with some of the...
Thousands of supraglacial lakes form on top of the Greenland ice sheet each summer, with some of them being miles wide.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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
The red area in the optical satellite image shows the ice lost the past two years from the part of t...
The red area in the optical satellite image shows the ice lost the past two years from the part of the Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden Glacier called Spalte Glacier that calves into Djimphna Sund. An area of 113 km2 has been lost. Source: EU Copernicus Sentinel and GEUS.
GEUS
First and second EOF modes (normalized) of the sea level pressure variability over Greenland in wint...
First and second EOF modes (normalized) of the sea level pressure variability over Greenland in winter and summer for the period 1988–2012, obtained from reanalysis data. The titles indicate the explained variance of the total temporal sea level pressure variability.
Marilena Oltmanns et al.
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
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
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
The photograph shows a site near the beach in Narsaq  Greenland in the autumn of 2018. This is an ar...
The photograph shows a site near the beach in Narsaq, Greenland in the autumn of 2018. This is an archaeological site where Norse artifacts were discovered in 1953, including the Narsaq stick with a Viking Age runic inscription.
Melissa Cherry Villumsen (CC BY-SA 4.0)
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to the solitary wave passing by.
An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to the solitary wave passing by.
Surendra Adhikari-NASA/JPL
Inside one of the tunnels.
Inside one of the tunnels.
U.S. Army
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
Camp Century  under the sheet ice in Greenland  was a secret military base.
Camp Century, under the sheet ice in Greenland, was a secret military base.
U.S. Army
The camp had a fully equipped kitchen.
The camp had a fully equipped kitchen.
U.S. Army
Rink Glacier in western Greenland  with a meltwater lake visible center. The gigantic solitary wave ...
Rink Glacier in western Greenland, with a meltwater lake visible center. The gigantic solitary wave dented the bedrock underneath the ice sheet.
NASA/JPL
Rink Glacier from 34 000 feet.
Rink Glacier from 34,000 feet.
John Sonntag-NASA/JPL

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