Weekly Current Affairs

Greenland sets record temperatures, ice melts early [Environment]

  • Temperature records were broken in Greenland this year after parts of the territory’s vast ice sheet began melting unusually early.
  • These new results give us new and robust evidence of the tendency of warmer temperatures in the Arctic continuing.
  • The average summer temperature was 8.2 degrees Celsius (46.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tasiilaq on Greenland’s southeast coast, the highest since records began in 1895 and 2.3 degrees Celsius above the average between 1981 and 2010.
  • Around 12 per cent of the ice sheet was found to be melting almost one month earlier than the previous top three dates for when more than 10 per cent of the ice had begun to melt.
  • The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to rising sea levels, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the entire 20th century.