Scientists Say There's Still Time , to Avoid Runaway Melting of, Greenland Ice Sheet.
New research suggests that while the Greenland ice sheet is on track to reach a critical threshold, there is a chance it could return to a stable state.
NBC reports that the new findings suggest that once the runaway melting threshold is reached, the planet may cool enough to bring the ice sheet back to a secure position.
The team's findings, which highlight the significance of the approaching threshold, were published in the journal 'Nature.'.
If we change the temperature back fast enough, we don’t necessarily commit to a system change.
, Nils Bochow, climate scientist at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and the lead author of the study, via NBC.
We have time to reverse temperatures from this runaway effect, Nils Bochow, climate scientist at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and the lead author of the study, via NBC.
NBC reports that the findings echo many climate advocates who stress that while urgency is crucial, there is still time to avoid the worst of climate change.
According to the latest research, humanity would have about 100 years to avoid locking in changes that would further intensify Greenland's melting.
The research suggests that crossing the threshold would likely result in several meters of sea level rise, but could still be stabilized to prevent the runaway melting process.
Sea level rise for the next couple of decades is pretty baked into the system based on our past emissions.
, Twila Moon, deputy lead scientist at National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, via NBC.
Where we see the influences of our actions today is in the 2060s, 2070s and beyond.
, Twila Moon, deputy lead scientist at National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, via NBC