News of the development came as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared this summer the hottest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
A chunk of ice nearly twice the size of Manhattan has broken off from Greenland’s largest remaining glacier and fallen into the ocean, a frightening phenomenon that researchers and environmentalists attributed to record-breaking Arctic warming driven by the human-caused climate crisis.
“This is yet another alarm bell being rung by the climate crisis in a rapidly heating Arctic,” Greenpeace spokesperson Laura Meller told the Associated Press.
In a statement announcing the development on Monday, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) said the Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden ice shelf has lost 160 square kilometers since 1999.
“We should be very concerned about what appears to be progressive disintegration at the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf,” said Jason Box, a glaciology professor at GEUS.
Jenny Turton, a researcher at Germany’s Friedrich Alexander University, noted that “the last few years have been incredibly warm in northeast Greenland.”
“We had very early melt onset in 2019 linked to the heatwave across Europe and Greenland,” said Turton. “The atmosphere in this region has warmed by approximately three degrees Celsius since 1980 and record-breaking temperatures have been observed in 2019 and 2020.”
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In a blog post on Tuesday, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole writes “in the old days before human beings started burning so much coal, gasoline and natural gas, there were seasonal changes to the ice shelf. It would melt a bit in the summer but then grow back in the winter. Now it is just melting.”
“Speaking of the disintegration of glaciers, it is happening in Antarctica, too,” Cole notes. “There are two gargantuan glaciers, Pine Island and Thwaites, that are already responsible for 5% of sea level rise. They anchor the West Antarctic Ice Shelf. If they become unmoored, and the parts of the ice shelf that are not already in the water plop in to the ocean, it would raise sea level by an average of 10 feet over time. That would pretty much do in Miami and New Orleans, but also parts of lower Manhattan. It would be a catastrophe.”
News of the latest breakage from the Arctic’s largest ice shelf came as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday that this summer has been the hottest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
“The three-month season from June through August 2020 was the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest meteorological summer on record, surpassing both 2019 and 2016 which were previously tied for hottest,” the agency said in a statement summarizing its findings. “This period, which also marks the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, was Earth’s third warmest in the 141-year record at 1.66 degrees F (0.92 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average.”
Mary Trump sues president and his siblings for cheating her out of family inheritance
President Donald Trump and his sibling were sued by their niece, who claims the family cheated her out of millions of dollars.
Mary Trump, whose best-selling memoir describes a deeply dysfunctional family, filed a suit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan accusing the president, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and their late brother Robert Trump of fraud and civil conspiracy, reported the New York Times.
The suit seeks to recover millions of dollars Mary Trump says she was owed from her own late father's inheritance after his 1981 death, when she was just 16 years old.
Mitch McConnell slammed for his ‘oddly specific’ promise to accept results of Nov. 3 election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) added his voice to statements issued by other Republican lawmakers assuring they would accept the election results -- which President Donald Trump suggested he would not.
The president refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power if he loses to Joe Biden, and McConnell and some other Republicans offered some sort of assurance they would -- although none mentioned Trump by name and some suggested Biden had made similar threats.
WATCH: Public health officials rip Trump-loving mayor to his face after he links them to ‘violent mobs’
Tennessee Mayor Glenn Jacobs came under fire from his own public health officials this week after he narrated a video that attacked them as "sinister" bureaucrats who were linked to "violent mobs" trying to install a "socialist utopia."
Knox News reports that during a Knox County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday night, several members of the board ripped Jacobs to his face for narrating and posting a right-wing propaganda video that claimed scientists were working with left-wing anarchists to bring down the United States.