Greenland’s Melt Is Accelerated by Rainfall, Even During Winter

Mar 08, 2019

In climate news, a new study finds rainstorms are becoming far more frequent across Greenland—even in winter—accelerating the melting of vast areas of ice and setting the stage for global sea level rise that could inundate coastal areas home to hundreds of millions of people. The study published in the journal The Cryosphere found warmer temperatures have led to increased rainfall in Greenland, which triggers widespread ice melt and runoff, contributing to the 270 billion tons of Greenland’s ice added each year to the Earth’s oceans.

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