January 24, 2019
Greenland ice melt heightens climate fears
Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata says the latest research from Greenland is a grim new climate change warning.
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows the ice melt in Greenland has increased four-fold since.
That's almost 300 billion tons of ice per year and it's rapidly getting worse.
While previous studies had focused on ice loss from glaciers, the new research measured melting from the wider ice mass.
Scientists fear massive influx of fresh water would desalinate what’s known as the Labrador pump, which generates the ocean current that distributes heat from the tropics to the Arctic.
Shutting down the current would have a catastrophic impact on climate as well as generating sea rise.
Ms Awatere Huata says the time for tinkering at the edges to adapt the economy has past, and our political system needs to be far more focused on immediate reform and solutions.
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