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Greenland's glacier loss is accelerating

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Greenland's glacier loss is accelerating
Greenland's glacier loss is accelerating

A new study using satellite images finds that Greenland's glacier melt is accelerating.

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN A new study using satellite images finds that Greenland's glacier melt is accelerating, the study's authors wrote in an article published in the journal Nature.

The study says the pace of melting matches the worse climate warming and sea-level scenarios predicted by the U.N.

The Guardian reports that according to the data, Greenland has lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 and that the current rate of melting is seven times faster than compared to the nineties.

Study co-author Andrew Shepard says that Greenland has raised the sea level by one centimeter since the 1990s, enough to bring annual and seasonal floods to six million people.

He tells the Washington Post that the U.N.'s worst-case scenarios predict that Greenland will contribute another 16 centimeters of sea-level rise by 2100.

While seawater normally erodes the glaciers, the study finds that rising summer temperatures are turning exposed ice to meltwater, which makes the shelf melt faster.

The study additionally finds that glaciers are flowing faster into the deep waters of Greenland's fjords and that this makes the ice shelf break into pieces in the ocean.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Greenland's glaciers melting faster 2.

The pace of glacier melting is increasing 3.

Water from melted glaciers in Greenland raises the sea-level and cause floods 4.

Mechanism of glacial melting VOICEOVER (in English): "A new study using satellite images finds that Greenland's glacier melt is accelerating, the study's authors wrote in an article published in the journal Nature." "The study says the pace of melting matches the worse climate warming and sea-level scenarios predicted by the U.N." "The Guardian reports that according to the data, Greenland has lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 and that the current rate of melting is seven times faster than compared to the nineties." "Study co-author Andrew Shepard says that Greenland has raised the sea level by one centimeter since the 1990s, enough to bring annual and seasonal floods to six million people." "He tells the Washington Post that the U.N.'s worst-case scenarios predict that Greenland will contribute another 16 centimeters of sea-level rise by 2100." "While seawater normally erodes the glaciers, the study finds that rising summer temperatures are turning exposed ice to meltwater, which makes the shelf melt faster." "The study additionally finds that glaciers are flowing faster into the deep waters of Greenland's fjords and that this makes the ice shelf break into pieces in the ocean." SOURCES: Nature, The Washington Post, The Guardian https://www.soundingsonline.com/news/greenlands-ice-melt-is-accelerating-and-its-as-bad-as-predicted https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/12/10/greenland-ice-losses-have-septupled-are-pace-sea-level-worst-case-scenario-scientists-say/?wpisrc=al_news__alert-hse--alert-national&wpmk=1 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/10/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-seven-times-faster-than-in-1990s *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377

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