Greenland melting away at rapid pace

Pratikshya Khanal
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Nasa reveals that Glaciers are melting faster today than they were 25 years ago.

NASA has discovered that, Greenland has lost 5 trillion tons of weight since the early 2000s. Greenland, the world's second-largest sheet of ice, seems to be disappearing faster than scientists previously thought. Warmer ocean waters and rising air temperatures have accelerated the Arctic land's melting.

NASA used two satellites called Grace and Grace Follow-On, which have been observing Greenland since 2002, to measure the loss.

A NASA project called Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) also measured sea level rise around the area.

If all of the ice sheet was to melt, global sea levels would rise by about 7.4 meters.

Consequences of dramatically rising sea levels includes damage to coastal areas, flooding and increased intensity of storm surges. Rising seas can contaminate soil and groundwater with salt. Small island nations are disproportionately affected by sea level rises.

In order to mitigate sea level rises, the organization Clean Ocean Action has listed a number of measures individuals and governments can take, which includes:

Protecting wetlands, that acts as natural buffers for coastal areas during rainstorms and hurricanes.

Saving and planting trees.

Reducing energy consumption.

Pushing for a long term Climate Action Plan.

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